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McDowell and Kaymer share top award

McDowell (left) and Kaymer (right) have both enjoyed superb seasons in 2010.
McDowell (left) and Kaymer (right) have both enjoyed superb seasons in 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer jointly win European Tour Golfer of Year award
  • It is the first time the honor has been shared in its 26-year history
  • Both players won four tournaments as well as collecting their first majors

(CNN) -- European Ryder Cup teammates Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer have jointly won the 2010 European Tour Golfer of the Year award -- the first time the honor has been shared in its 26-year history.

Both players enjoyed outstanding seasons, with 25-year-old German Kaymer wiining the U.S. PGA title, as well as pipping Northern Irishman McDowell to the Race to Dubai money list title.

Meanwhile, 31-year-old McDowell also won his first major -- the U.S. Open -- and sunk the winning putt that gave Europe victory over the American in the Ryder Cup.

Each player also won four tournaments throughout the year and McDowell ended his campaign by pipping Tiger Woods to victory in Sunday's Chevron World Challenge.

McDowell told the official European Tour website: "I am truly humbled to accept this coveted award. It is the icing on the cake on what has been a very special year for myself, Martin and everyone involved in European golf.

This has been a truly great year for me and winning this award is the perfect ending.
--Martin Kaymer
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"It is an honor to share this award with a player of Martin's caliber. He is one of the best players of our generation and I am sure will enjoy many more successes in the years to come."

Kaymer echoed those sentiments, adding: "This has been a truly great year for me and winning this award is the perfect ending.

"It is recognition for my performances in 2010 and to be voted for by the golfing media, the people who watch and report on our sport throughout the year, makes me feel very proud."

European golf hit new heights in 2010, with Lee Westwood overtaking Woods as world number one, while Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari both won World Golf Championship events.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Joseph Bramlett became only the second African American to secure his US PGA Tour card, following Tiger Woods, after posting an 11-under-par six-round total to finish joint 16th in the qualifying school.

The top 25 and those tied -- a total of 29 players -- sealed their playing privileges for next season, with veteran Billy Mayfair carding a closing 70 to lead the field on 18-under-par.