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2010 Graeme McDowell wins the Chevron World Challenge with a birdie at the first hole of a playoff with Tiger Woods. Playing together, McDowell and Woods came to the last tied. Woods wedged to the green to 4 feet, with McDowell some 20 feet away. Both holed, forcing the playoff down the 18th, and once again McDowell made a birdie from almost the identical spot, before Woods missed from inside him.
The victory - in Woods own invitational charity event - was remarkable for many reasons, including being the first time that Woods had not closed out a tournament after leading by three shots entering the last round. It had also been Woods best chance to claim a title following the disintegration of his personal and golfing life following the 2009 Thanksgiving Day events which revealed the details of his extra-marital affairs.
McDowell had already won the Wales Open, the US Open and the Andalucia Masters of 2010, but his major victory at Pebble Beach and subsequent invitations had only been made possible because he had taken the 'alternate' spot in the 2009 Chevron World Challenge when Woods declined to play, finishing second, and lifting himself into the World Top 50.
Unsurprisingly, McDowell described 2010 as a "dream year".

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