McDowell is GWAA player of the year

Graeme McDowell has been voted the Golf Writers Association of America player of the year for 2010.

In a perfect cap to a sensational season, Graeme McDowell has been voted player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America.

The US Open champ and Ryder Cup hero garnered 87 votes to take the top spot, edging out Jim Furyk (61) and Martin Kaymer (51).

Not only did the Northern Irishman secure his first major victory at Pebble Beach this year, he also managed two more wins on the European Tour and captured the decisive match in the Ryder Cup for Europe. McDowell also pipped Woods to the post in dramatic fashion at the Chevron World Challenge earlier in December.

Mcdowell adds this award to the Golf Writers Trophy he won from the British-based Association of Golf Writers, and the European Tour player of the year award he shared with Martin Kaymer.

The GWAA also awarded Yani Tseng from Taiwan with the female player of the year award, ahead of Cristie Kerr and Ai Miyazato in second and third respectively. Bernhard Langer was the clear choice for senior player of the year.

All the GWAA winners will be honoured on April 6th in Augusta.