Webb Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open, coming from behind to overtake leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell for only his third PGA victory and first major championship.
U.S. Open Round 4 Highlights
- Webb Simpson shot 72-73-68-68 for +1, with birdies on 6, 7, 8 and 10, and only 2 bogeys on the day.
- Graeme McDowell shot 69-72-68-73 for +2, birding 17 and just missing a putt on 18 that would have forced a playoff.
- Michael Thompson shot 66-75-74-67 for +2, with the most birdies of any other players and only a missed putt on 17 kept him out of a playoff.
- Jim Furyk shot 70-69-70-74 for +3, with the least bogies of any player until the Back 9 holes where he had 3 bogeys to let the tournament slip away.
- Tied with Furyk were 4 other players at +3, including David Toms and Padraig Harrington who both battled back on Sunday, as well as rookie John Peterson and the tour's hottest player Jason Dufner, and then Ernie Els at +4.
Final U.S. Open Leaderboard
The star of the U.S. Open was The Olympic Club course, which challenged players unlike any recent U.S. Open venue. The Top 2 players in the world, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy, didn't even make the cut, and favorites Tiger Woods finsihed at +7 and Phil Mickelson finished at +16.
While there were many memorable holes, like the longest-ever 670 yard hole 16, the most important was hole 18, where Simpson saved his par, McDowell missed his birdie, and Furyk hit two bunkers to end his day. One of the most beautiful finishing holes in golf, with majestic cypress trees surrounded by San Francisco fog, framing a classic clubhouse, and lined with tens of thousands of golf fans. Play it yourself online and see if you can make the putt that Graeme McDowell missed.
Play Hole 18 Free Online on World Golf Tour
And of course, all 18 challenging holes of The Olympic Club, and other championship golf courses, are available for anyone to play free online on World Golf Tour.