Webb Simpson Wins U.S. Open

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bill-swift - June 19, 2012

Most people follow coverage of the PGA Majors hoping to hear about one of the game's stars rising to the top to claim another victory. That was far from the case this weekend at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.

Tiger Woods faltered yet again. Last year's champ, Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut along with '05, '06, and '09 champions (Michael Campbell, Geoff Ogilvy, and Lucas Glover respectively). Phil Mickelson was never really in contention.

This time the winner was a relative unknown talent, but an up-and-coming one—Webb Simpson.

After round two Simpson was in the back of the pack at 5-over, but edged his way up the leaderboard with a 2-under 68 on Saturday. This left him four off the lead, but still in contention if things happened to fall his way.

Fall his way they did. After hitting another 68 to go 1-over for the tournament he went into the clubhouse with a one shot lead, but with a lot of golfers still on the course.

Jim Furyk faltered down the stretch recording a bogey on the 16th and another on the 18th. Graeme McDowell had three birdies on the back nine to make it interesting, but they were not enough to overcome the six bogeys he had on the day.

(Webb Simpson made some great shots on Sunday, but the shot of the tournament has to be this one by John Peterson on the 13th hole during Round 3.)

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