Sunday, June 17, 2012

Webb Simpson--2012 US Open Champion from Olympic Club

Another major is in the books and another first time winner.  Webb Simpson, the runner-up to the FedEx Cup last season and the runner-up on the 2011 PGA Tour Money List, has won his first major at The Olympic Club.  Starting the day 4-shots back at +3, Simpson carded his second straight 68 to finish at +1 and a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson.  The other 54 hole co-leader, Jim Furyk, held the lead throughout most of the final round until a tough final 3 holes saw him drop to +3 and 2 shots behind the winner.

Simpson said his final couple holes were the "most I'd ever prayed playing golf."  His final 36 holes were the best out of any of the players at the top of the leaderboard, so he deserved this win.  McDowell had a putt to tie on the final hole, but ran it by and finished one shot back.

Michael Thompson held the clubhouse lead for much of the afternoon until Simpson finished at +1.  Simpson had a great par save on the final hole to preserve his 68 and then had to wait it out in the clubhouse.

Furyk's tee shot on 16 was a snap-hook that forced him to chip out and he was unable to hit the green or get up and down for par.  On 17, McDowell was able to birdie, but Furyk hit his second into a bunker 40 yards short of the green and had to settle for par.  Furyk bogeyed the final hole and McDowell missed a 25 footer to tie, giving the win to Simpson.


Tiger Woods started 6-over par in the first 6, but bounced back with three birdies down the stretch to shoot 73.  It was a disappointing weekend for Woods, who entered Saturday with a share of the lead.

Jordan Spieth won low-amateur honors with a +7 final score

This is only the 3rd US Open in the last 34 years to have a final score over par.

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