Webb Simpson entered the final round trailing Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell by four strokes but carded a 2-under 68 to finish 1-over 281 to win the 112th U.S. Open, edging out Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell by one stroke. With the victory, Simpson collects 600 FedExCup points and moves from No. 32 into the top 10 with 1,259 points.
Simpson becomes just the third American winner of the U.S. Open since 2004, joining 2008 champion Tiger Woods and 2009 winner Lucas Glover.
Two of Simpson’s three PGA TOUR wins have been in come-from-behind fashion. He trailed by two strokes at the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship before a final-round 65 eventually led to a playoff win. He entered Sunday’s final round at the U.S. Open trailing the leaders by four strokes. Simpson came from four strokes back to win the U.S. Open. By comparison, the largest come-from-behind victory at the U.S. Open in the final 18 holes was recorded by
Arnold Palmer (7 strokes/1960/Cherry Hills).
The last 15 major championships have been won by 15 different players:
2012 Webb Simpson U.S. Open
2012 Bubba Watson Masters
2011 Keegan Bradley PGA
2011 Darren Clarke British Open
2011 Rory McIlroy U.S. Open
2011 Charl Schwartzel Masters
2010 Martin Kaymer PGA
2010 Louis Oosthuizen British Open
2010 Graeme McDowell U.S. Open
2010 Phil Mickelson Masters
2009 Y.E. Yang PGA
2009 Stewart Cink British Open
2009 Lucas Glover U.S. Open
2009 Angel Cabrera Masters
2008 Padraig Harrington PGA
Former University of Alabama standout Michael Thompson recorded a 3-under 67 on Sunday to finish T2 in his second U.S. Open appearance (T29/2008). This is his third-career start in a Major Championship (missed cut at 2008 Masters). Thompson lost 2&1 to Colt Knost in the final match of the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympic Club. Thompson’s T2 is his second top-10 finish of the season (T6-Sony Open in Hawaii). He entered the week No. 90 in the FedExCup standings.
Graeme McDowell finished T2 in his attempt to give Northern Ireland three consecutive U.S. Open titles. McDowell is now 0 for 2 when carrying at least a share of the lead into the final round on the PGA TOUR. He led the 2011 PLAYERS Championship before a final-round 7-over 79 led to a T33 finish. McDowell has never missed a cut in seven starts at the U.S. Open, with top-20 finishes in his last four starts.
2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk entered the final round tied for the lead with Graeme McDowell but a 3-over 73 left him two strokes behind Simpson at T4. Furyk has finished inside the top 5 at the U.S. Open six times.
Tiger Woods finished T21 for his second-worst finish in 15 professional starts at the U.S. Open (missed cut in 2006). This week marked just the ninth time in 43 tries that Woods has failed to carry the 36-hole lead on to victory.
Phil Mickelson carded a final-round 8-over 78, the second-worst final-round in his 22 U.S. Open starts (79, 1994). Mickelson has five runner-up finishes (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009) at the U.S. Open, the most by any player.
David Toms battled back from a third-round 6-over 76 with a 2-under 68 to finish T4 – his third top-10 finish and career-best effort in 16 U.S. Open starts.
Simpson is the 15th different major winner in last 15 events
Webb Simpson 72-73-68-68—281
Michael Thompson 66-75-74-67—282
Graeme McDowell 69-72-68-73—282