U.S. Open @ Olympic Club. Webb Simpson Wins, but he is over par. June 17 2012
Webb Simpson, 2012 U.S. Open Champion/ Franklin/Getty ImagesWebb Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at Olympic Club in San Francisco on Sunday, with a total score of +1 over par for the four rounds. His last round was a -2 under par effort that was enough to wrest the title out of Jim Furyk's grasp. Jim had led the tournament for most of the tournament, including most of the last round. Coming down the stretch an official warned him about slow play, and from that moment on Jim went into reverse, and finished with a final round of +4 over par, tied for fourth. Webb said at the end; ”I knew it was a tough golf course, I had to go out and do as well as I could. I probably prayed more the last three holes than I’ve ever done in my life. It helped me stay calm and get in with 2 under.” Congratulations to Webb, but this win will reignite the discussion about the long putter, and whether the governing bodies should ban what is known as anchoring altogether. That ruling would affect the belly and the broomstick versions of the putter. Graeme McDowell also faltered on the way in, he finished tied for second after a last round of +3 over par 73. Best round of the day went to Michael Thompson, the first round leader, he made a charge on the day with a beautifully crafted -3 under par 67, to finish tied for second with Graeme. What G-Mac or Jim wound have given for that score. Tied in fourth place with Jim were; David Toms, Padraig Harrington, John Peterson and Jason Dufner. Jason could have won this tournament easily, if only his putter had been working. I will have to contact Jason, to see if I could interest him in one of our White Dragon Putters. Nobody else really came close, the desk jockey's were determined to set up this course to be be as difficult as it could be. Wether it was a real test of good golf, or just down to someone getting lucky on the day, only the people who witnessed the carnage can attest. To reduce the worlds best players, to struggle to play par golf, is it a good idea ? No one was able to finish under par. Tournament favorite Tiger Woods finished with a very disappointing round of +3 over par and tied for 21st with a final total of +7 over par. Not the result that he, or the hypers in the media were hoping for, it seems like Tiger is still not quite right yet to win another major. He said of his tournament; "I didn’t really miss it that badly this week, the misses were just a fraction off, which is great. That’s what we want to have happen. This golf course is just so demanding that a fraction off, you pay the price. That first six, I just didn’t play well at all. I just could never get anything going positively and I missed the ball in the wrong side a couple times and that’s all it takes. There’s a lot of positives this week, hit the ball really well. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the speed of the greens until today."