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Webb Simpson used a stunning 10-minute stretch to win the US Open at The Olympic Club at San Francisco on Sunday.
Tied with Jim Furyk for the lead and putting on 18, Simpson sank his par putt to finish with a 2-under 68 and close his tournament at 1-over par, putting the pressure on Furyk two holes back. Furyk, after driving far left on 16, bogeyed the hole to drop to 2 over on the tournament and surrender the lead he had held since Saturday. Furyk parred 17 then hit his second shot on the par-4 18th into the bunker to seal his fate.
It was an amazing turn that saw what appeared throughout the day to possibly be the second Open title for Furyk instead was a major coronation for Simpson, who entered the weekend with only two career victories and a tie for 14th at the 2011 Open as his best finish at a major.
Tiger Woods, the talk of the tournament after his first two rounds, continued his weekend free fall. After Saturday's 5-over 75, Woods stumbled out of the gate on Sunday, shooting bogey, bogey, double-bogey on his first three holes to quickly from 4-over par to 8 over, and out of the potential-winner's discussion. He finished the tournament at 7 over after a 3-over 73.
Furyk and Graeme McDowell began the day tied for the lead at 1-under par. McDowell dropped back with a bogey on the par-3 third hole, then allowed Furyk some distance with back-to-back bogeys on 5 and 6, both par 4's. McDowell mounted a late charge, but entered No. 18 a shot behind Simpson and missed a 24-foot birdie putt that would have forced a tie.
Michael Thompson, the surprise first-round leader after Thursday's play, shot a 3-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead at 2-over par while as final pairing was making the turn. That number became the mark that most all other golfers took aim at the rest of the day, hoping the leaders would come back to them. But once Simpson ended his round, and Ernie Els followed with a bogey at 18 to finish the tournament at 4 over, the pressure fell squarely on Furyk.
Thompson, 27, was the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur at Olympic Club in 2007.
Seventeen-year-old Beau Hossler, another one of the stars entering Sunday, saved par on No. 1 with a putt out of the fringe, giving a light fist pump and hearing roars the once belonged to Woods. Chants of ''Let's go Hossler!'' could be heard from the second green when Woods was lining up his putt, which he left short for a bogey.
But Hossler bogeyed three straight holes, falling to 5 over on the round through 10 holes. He finished with a 6-over 76, his worst round of the tournament, and ended his Open at 9 over.
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Crazy or not, you have to admit the guy does a pretty good bird imitation.
Webb Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open for the first major championship of his career by not sucking as bad as the rest of the field. During the presentation of the U.S. Open trophy, as Simpson was being interviewed by Bob Costas, a rather odd gentleman sporting a Union Jack hat entered the frame and began...
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The bird-calling videobomber from Sunday's U.S. Open trophy presentation has been identified. He goes by "Official Jungle Bird" and he wants to end deforestation.
The man who crashed Webb Simpson's U.S. Open trophy presentation not only has a name -- he also has a cause. He calls himself "Jungle Bird," according to Awful Announcing, and he has a reputation for interrupting events in the hopes of raising awareness about deforestation. Supposedly a 40-year-old man from the United Kingdom, he has a YouTube channel and a Facebook...
The 112th U.S. Open concluded on Sunday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California with Webb Simpson hoisting the trophy after his final round 68. A tournament that began with the questions of whether Phil Mickelson would finally win a U.S Open title or if Tiger Woods could get one major closer to tying [...]
U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson was sitting in the clubhouse on Sunday after his 2-under 68 in the final round, waiting to see if his 1-shot lead would be good enough to take the tournament. Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell were still on the course trying to either tie Simpson to go to a playoff, or win the tournament outright.
Furyk did a poor job on the hole and double-bogeyed, taking...
Webb Simpson wasn't the first and certainly won't be the last professional athlete to be upstaged by an idiot. As long as there are highly publicized sporting events and crazy British men, there will be funny videobombing scenes. While most fans try to "get famous" by streaking onto a baseball field mid-inning, one squawking golf fan caught the U.S. Open's security...
Streaking? Not allowed. Bird calling? Well, that's another issue entirely. The drunken man who jumped in front of newly crowned U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson on Sunday will not face charges, San Francisco police said Monday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Andrew James Dudley, 40, of Wallasey, England (although his nationally was never really under question, with...
Remember when it seemed like everyone was wondering what was wrong with American golf? Who were the young stars that were going to fill in as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods got a little older? I think we can safely say now we don’t have to wonder anymore. With the emergence of Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley’s win at last year’s PGA and now with former Wake Forest star Webb Simpson...
Webb Simpson, appropriately named U.S. Open Champ.
Congrats to Mr. Webb Simpson on winning the U.S. Open on Sunday. We at The Legend know as much about Webb Simpson as the rest of you, close to zero. But what a great name for a golfer! Would we have preferred to see somebody we’ve actually heard of win our national golf championship? Perhaps. Maybe a former champion like Jim Furyk...
Webb Simpson is the 2012 U.S. Open champion with a 2-under 68 final round at The Olympic Park on Sunday.
Simpson saved par on the 18th hole to finish the tournament with a 1-over 281 overall score. He had to wait for Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell to finish before claiming his first U.S. Open title.
Michael Thompson and McDowell finished tied for second with an overall score of...
I know I’m a day late to the party on this one, but I could not resist posting this video. What an impeccable bird call. I’ve never heard a bird call that was more on point than this guy.
Very rarely do I laugh out loud at a video, but what the f$ck prompted this dude to interrupt Webb Simpson’s interview with that bird call!?!?
We saw one of the more awkward post event interviews after the finish of yesterday’s US Open. As the video clearly shows, a fellow, wearing a British flag tuque and windbreaker jumped into the frame and starting making bird-like noises as NBC’s Bob Costas was interviewing US Open champion, Webb Simpson. He was quickly pulled [...]
While Tiger Woods tumbled down the leaderboard, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk shared the top spot heading into the final round of the U.S. Open.
McDowell stuck his approach to 4-feet on the 18th hole to set up a birdie for a 2-under 68 on Saturday. Furyk followed moments later with a 15-foot putt on the 17th to regain a share of the lead, and closed with a par for a 70.
At 1 under...
As tough as the golf course played this weekend, the fans in attendance were as loose with their expressions. You didn’t hear as many of the usuals – “you da man” and “get in the hole”. Instead, the San Franciscans brought out their weirdness. I’m not sure if shouting out off-the-wall stuff is par for the course in San Francisco (I’m not judging, but I considered...