"Golf at night with a few pints. It can't be a bad gig."
That's Graeme McDowell being understated. It's actually glow-in-the-dark-golf with your dream foursome, plus the U.S. Open champion, some surprise gifts and cold beers. The Guinness Black 9 Challenge is a golf outing unlike any other and McDowell is excited to be a part of it.
"Being Irish, my background involved a few pints of Guinness," he says.
His relationship with the famed stout has grown with his success on tour. McDowell and Guinness teamed up to launch his G-MAC Foundation last summer. But he's probably most remembered for quaffing a few pints out of the U.S. Open Trophy after capturing it in 2010.
"It's probably been a year and a half since I've had a sip out of it and believe me liquid tastes pretty good out of that thing," he says.
Now McDowell is teaming up with the beverage giant again. Fans can send in their dream foursome and explain why they want to tee it up with Graeme on the Black 9 Challenge.
McDowell will help choose the winner, fly him or her and the other three golfers to Chicago, and even play alongside them. On top of golfing in the dark, there will be unusual obstacles on the back nine, but the exact details are still a secret at this point.
"We can't go too much into it, but it'll have some unexpected twists," McDowell says. "It's going to be pretty fun."
And who would Graeme pick to be in his ultimate foursome? Well, he has two. The first would involve a time machine since he'd like to play with Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods when they are all in their prime.
"I'd probably need a big suitcase of cash to play in that game," he jokes.
His other dream foursome is one that nearly every red-blooded male wouldn't mind either.
"I'm not sure if any of the Victoria's Secret models play golf," McDowell says, "but if we could find a few that did, that would be perfect for me."
McDowell is gearing up for the 2012 U.S. Open on June 14-17, which will be played at the Olympic Club not far from where he captured his major victory at Pebble Beach. It's an area of the country that's been good to him and he's excited about what the new few months holds.
McDowell has two top-10s already this year, including runner up to Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He's hoping to tip back another pint as a champion again soon though. And considering his love for suds, there may even be a career in brewing after he hangs his clubs up.
"All these golfers put their name on wine," he says, "perhaps I need a beer."
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