Monday, June 18

Another Simpson Wins at Olympic

Editor’s note: I’m at the Olympic Club in San Francisco all week for the 112th U.S. Open Championship.

Webb Simpson
THE FOG AND WEBB SIMPSON ROLLED into the Olympic Club on Sunday afternoon. Simpson rolled away from the difficult Lake Course with the U.S. Open trophy after firing a 2-under 68. Simpson finished at 1-over par for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell (73) and Michael Thompson (67). Meanwhile, several players, including three U.S. Open champions, were lost in a fog of bogeys and missed opportunities.

“I definitely thought about winning and wanted to win,” Simpson said, “but I was just trying to keep my mind focused on the hole that I was playing and just somehow make pars.”

Simpson shot consecutive 68s on the weekend to become the fifth winner at the Olympic Club and the second Simpson. Scott Simpson won in 1987. Jack Fleck (1955), Billy Casper (1966) and Lee Janzen (1998) are the other players who won on the sloping fairways along Lake Merced.

“It hasn't sunk in at all,” Simpson said about his first major victory and third PGA Tour title.

“When Graeme missed on 18 and I realized I had won, I just kind of shook my head in disbelief. I couldn’t believe it actually happened.”


Unknown said...

It was an amazing round and Simpson deserved to win!

Lee said...

Fair play to Webb, he has been a real consistent performer over the last year and anyone who comes out on top in a field of that quality and playing on a course that play as tough as Olympic did deserves all the credit that goes with being US Open Champion.