European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has spoke of his admiration of Graeme McDowell after the Golf Monthly columnist became the first European to win the US Open in 40 years on Sunday night.

McDowell’s triumph at Pebble Beach, his first Major win, has not only put $1,350,000 in his pocket, but has also guaranteed him a place in the Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor, and Montgomerie is delighted to have him in his side.

“It was a magnificent performance,” said Montgomerie. “He holed so many key putts – especially a crucial one on the eighth for par – and was very impressive throughout the week.

“He showed great strength of character in getting the job done in such superb fashion. He is a world-class player and obviously I am delighted to have a 2010 Major winner in my team this year.

“Nick (Faldo), Bernhard (Langer) and myself came close, but none of us achieved what he has. This is great for British golf and also the European Tour. Golf salutes him.”

Meanwhile, fellow European Tour member Gregory Havret has sealed his place in the Open Championship after his impressive showing at the US Open.

The Frenchman had failed to qualify for the St Andrews event after finishing in a tie for 76th at Sunningdale, however his second place at Pebble Beach will see him line up at the Old Course in July.

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