Graeme McDowell, the Northern Ireland golfer who won the US Open golf tournament last weekend, is a global ambassador for Ballantine’s, the world’s number two scotch whisky.
Having held off the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson and Ernie Els, McDowell is said to be celebrating with a bottle of rare Ballantine’s Championship Blend which he co-created with Ballantine’s master blender, Sandy Hyslop.
McDowell said: “Ballantine’s has always been a lucky charm for me and since my 2008 Ballantine’s Championship win in Korea I’ve played some of the best golf of my life. I said I would open my very special bottle of The Ballantine’s Championship Blend either on the birth of my first child, or my first major win – Pebble Beach came first.”
McDowell is the first European in 40 years to win the US Open. While McDowell wears the Pernod Ricard brand logo on his left sleeve, he has also represented Ballantine’s at many events since winning The Ballantine’s Championship title in Korea in 2008. These include becoming the first person ever to collaborate with a Ballantine’s master blender on the creation of the 2009 Championship Blend and the launch of the 2010 Championship Blend, which celebrated 50 years since Ballantine’s was first involved with international golf.
McDowell won the US Open by one shot from France’s Gregory Havret with Ernie Els two behind in third and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods tied fourth. He is now almost certain to secure a Ryder Cup place this October.