GOLF: Queen gives U.S. Open winner major honor

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell is among the sports figures honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list.

The star from Northern Ireland was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire after a year in which he won his first major title, the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Calif., and won the decisive point for Europe at the Ryder Cup matches in Wales.

Also made an MBE was English football referee Howard Webb.


New Zealand admitted 74-year-old Bob Charles to the Order of New Zealand, an honor restricted to 20 living New Zealanders.

Charles was the first left-hander to win one of golf’s majors – the 1963 British Open – and finished his career with 66 victories, six on the U.S. PGA Tour.