One small country goes big on talent

Updated: June 19, 2011, 6:02 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

Editor's Note: This story was originally posted on Monday, June 13, prior to the start of the U.S. Open.

To win the U.S. Open, to even be in the U.S. Open, Graeme McDowell has often pointed to six months earlier, when he got a call to replace Tiger Woods in his own charity tournament, his unavailability due to high-profile personal woes providing McDowell a unique window of opportunity.

Had McDowell not gotten his place in the 2009 Chevron World Challenge, ...

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