Simpson keeps his cool, wins U.S. Open

Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson showed the poise of a U.S. Open champion on Sunday, beating several tested champions on a fog-filled Sunday at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

The 26-year-old even kept his cool during an unusual trophy presentation afterwards.

While being interviewed by Bob Costas, a fan dressed in a Union Jack stocking cap unexpectedly stepped in front of the camera and starting crowing like a bird. As the fan was being pulled off the stage by USGA executive director Mike Davis, a laughing Simpson said, “Enjoy the jail cell, pal.”

You can always expect the unexpected at Olympic Club.

The course has developed a reputation as the graveyard of champions. In its first four U.S. Opens, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Payne Stewart were all poised to win but lost out to the underdog.

Simpson made it 5-for-5 on Sunday as he posted a 1-over 281 and watched as more accomplished players such as Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell tried to chase him down. They couldn’t.

“I never really wrapped my mind around winning,” Simpson said. “This place is so demanding, and so all I was really concerned about was keeping the ball in front of me and making pars.”

It is Simpson’s first major title in five attempts. McDowell and Michael Thompson finished tied for second one stroke behind Simpson.

US Open Par Scores

Sunday At The Olympic Club San Francisco; Purse: $8 million; Yardage: 7,170; Par: 70
Final Round a-amateur
Webb Simpson (600), $1,440,000 72-73-68-68—281 +1
Graeme McDowell (270), $695,916 69-72-68-73—282 +2
Michael Thompson (270), $695,916 66-75-74-67—282 +2
Jason Dufner (115), $276,841 72-71-70-70—283 +3
Jim Furyk (115), $276,841 70-69-70-74—283 +3
Padraig Harrington (115), $276,841 74-70-71-68—283 +3
John Peterson, $276,841 71-70-72-70—283 +3
David Toms (115), $276,841 69-70-76-68—283 +3
Ernie Els (88), $200,280 75-69-68-72—284 +4
Kevin Chappell (73), $163,594 74-71-68-72—285 +5
Retief Goosen (73), $163,594 75-70-69-71—285 +5
John Senden (73), $163,594 72-73-68-72—285 +5
Lee Westwood (73), $163,594 73-72-67-73—285 +5
Casey Wittenberg, $163,594 71-77-67-70—285 +5
K.J. Choi (56), $118,969 73-70-74-69—286 +6
Fredrik Jacobson (56), $118,969 72-71-68-75—286 +6
Martin Kaymer, $118,969 74-71-69-72—286 +6
Adam Scott (56), $118,969 76-70-70-70—286 +6
Steve Stricker (56), $118,969 76-68-73-69—286 +6
Aaron Watkins, $118,969 72-71-72-71—286 +6
Blake Adams (48), $86,348 72-70-70-75—287 +7
Raphael Jacquelin, $86,348 72-71-73-71—287 +7
Justin Rose (48), $86,348 69-75-71-72—287 +7
Nick Watney (48), $86,348 69-75-73-70—287 +7
Tiger Woods (48), $86,348 69-70-75-73—287 +7
Jordan Spieth, $0 74-74-69-70—287 +7
Nicolas Colsaerts, $68,943 72-69-71-76—288 +8
Matt Kuchar (44), $68,943 70-73-71-74—288 +8
Morgan Hoffmann, $53,168 72-74-73-70—289 +9
Robert Karlsson (38), $53,168 70-75-72-72—289 +9
Scott Langley, $53,168 76-70-70-73—289 +9
Davis Love III (38), $53,168 73-74-73-69—289 +9
Francesco Molinari, $53,168 71-76-72-70—289 +9
Kevin Na (38), $53,168 74-71-71-73—289 +9
Alistair Presnell, $53,168 70-74-75-70—289 +9
Charlie Wi (38), $53,168 74-70-71-74—289 +9
Beau Hossler, $0 70-73-70-76—289 +9
Sergio Garcia (32), $44,144 73-71-71-75—290 +10
Hunter Mahan (32), $44,144 72-71-73-74—290 +10
Charl Schwartzel (32), $44,144 73-70-74-73—290 +10
Alex Cejka (28), $38,816 78-69-70-74—291 +11
Rickie Fowler (28), $38,816 72-76-71-72—291 +11
Zach Johnson (28), $38,816 77-70-73-71—291 +11
Ian Poulter (28), $38,816 70-75-73-73—291 +11
Patrick Cantlay, $0 76-72-71-72—291 +11
Angel Cabrera (23), $31,979 72-76-69-75—292 +12
Bob Estes (23), $31,979 74-73-71-74—292 +12
Hunter Hamrick, $31,979 77-67-71-77—292 +12
Steve LeBrun, $31,979 73-75-69-75—292 +12
Matteo Manassero, $31,979 76-69-73-74—292 +12
Simon Dyson, $24,912 74-74-74-71—293 +13
Hiroyuki Fujita, $24,912 75-71-73-74—293 +13
Branden Grace, $24,912 71-74-73-75—293 +13
Jesse Mueller, $24,912 75-73-74-71—293 +13
Nicholas Thompson, $24,912 74-74-72-73—293 +13
Michael Allen (14), $21,995 71-73-77-73—294 +14
Jonathan Byrd (14), $21,995 71-75-71-77—294 +14
Jeff Curl, $21,995 73-75-71-75—294 +14
Matthew Baldwin, $19,955 74-74-73-74—295 +15
Jason Day (10), $19,955 75-71-76-73—295 +15
Jae-bum Park, $19,955 70-74-77-74—295 +15
Darron Stiles, $19,955 75-71-73-76—295 +15
Kevin Streelman (10), $19,955 76-72-72-75—295 +15
Bo Van Pelt (10), $19,955 78-70-76-71—295 +15
Phil Mickelson (6), $18,593 76-71-71-78—296 +16
Marc Warren, $18,593 73-72-74-77—296 +16
K.T. Kim, $18,113 74-72-74-77—297 +17
Stephen Ames (3), $17,633 74-73-79-72—298 +18
Keegan Bradley (3), $17,633 73-73-75-77—298 +18
Rod Pampling (1), $17,153 74-73-74-78—299 +19
Jason Bohn (1), $16,833 70-75-78-78—301 +21
Joe Ogilvie (1), $16,512 73-75-76-79—303 +23

 

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