Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has started his own foundation in New York with the goal of supporting children's medical research in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United States.

The Ryder Cup star and 2010 US Open champion also plans to give children a holiday of a lifetime in Florida.

McDowell has been a long-term supporter of multiple sclerosis charities, a cause that means a lot to him as his mother is a sufferer. He will continue to support those charities through his foundation but will be supporting all children's medical research as well.

"I'm delighted to now have my own 'G-Mac Foundation' to channel any funds I raise.

"There are so many good, deserving causes out there, but I think you have to focus on a few to make a meaningful difference," he said.

"It's going to be my way of giving something back. I've got some short-term goals and some longer-term ones, but we're in the early stages just now and I'm excited about it."

  • Mike

    Always good to see these guys giving something back.Yes, they are blessed, but they are talented and work hard to get where they are, and it is a reminder to all of us that they are human.

    Makes us all respect them for more than their ability to hit a ball.

  • Mike

    Always good to see these guys giving something back.Yes, they are blessed, but they are talented and work hard to get where they are, and it is a reminder to all of us that they are human.

    Makes us all respect them for more than their ability to hit a ball.