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Webb Simpson came to San Francisco for the 2012 U.S. Open as an unknown, but he'll leave as a champion who is $1.4 million richer. That was his slice of the $8 million purse (well, $1,440,000 to be exact), and it was quite a bit more than what second place finishers Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson took home. Those two, who finished one shot off of Simpson's 1-over pace, each left California with $695,916, with the five fourth place finishers— which included Padraig Harrington and longtime leader Jim Furyk— checking out with $276,841.
Ernie Els shot a 72 on Sunday, which dropped him to 4-over, which was good for a ninth place finish and a check for $200,280. There were five tenth place finishers— including Retief Goosen and Lee Westwood— and they received checks for $163,594.
For a full list of prize winnings, click here.
The Olympic Club in San Francisco made the 2012 U.S. Open perhaps the toughest major championship in recent years, but we still have the British Open (Royal Lytham & St. Annes G.C) and the PGA Championship (Kiawah Island Golf Resort) to follow this summer. No matter, though, as Webb Simpson was able to claim victory on Sunday with a tournament best 1-over-par for the four-day event.
Simpson hit his stride when he made three straight birdies on holes 6-8 and then made a fourth in five holes when he sank a birdie on the 10th hole. He made par on the remaining holes.
Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell both started Sunday in the lead at 1-under, but McDowell made six bogeys to three birdies and finished at 2-over. Furyk lost control of the tournament down the stretch on Sunday evening. He bogeyed the sixth hole, but even-par still had him in the lead. Another bogey on the 13th hole moved him to 1-over, but there was no recovery from that. Instead, he went on to bogey the 16th and 18th holes to finish at 3-over for the tournament.
Tiger Woods saw his troubles from a 5-over 75 on Saturday come out again on Sunday. His first six holes of the day consisted of four bogeys, one double-bogey and one par. He made three birdies to finish at 3-over for the round and 7-over for the tournament
Here is how the top 10 finished:
|Pos||Player||Total||RD 1||RD 2||RD 3||RD 4||Total|
Webb Simpson has won the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco with a four-round score of 1-over, defeating Michael Thompson's and Graeme McDowell's 2-over. Jim Furyk, who had entered the day at 1-unver and co-leader with McDowell, finished the tournament at 3-over.=
Simpson shot 2-under for the day, making four birdies and two bogeys. Those four birdies came at holes 6-8 and 10. Michael Thompson had the best round of the day with a 3-under 67.
Tiger Woods finished at 7-over for the tournament after shooting a 3-over 73. On his first three holes he went bogey, bogey and double bogey. After a par on the fourth hole, Woods made bogey on the next two holes. He went on to make three birdies to make the round a bit more acceptable, but this was far from the Tiger Woods everyone expects to show up and win another major title.
The 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco will come to an end on Sunday evening, but will either of the current co-leaders find themselves claiming victory at the end of the day? Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell are tied at 1-under for the tournament and will be the final pairing for Sunday's Round 4.
Tiger Woods had been in contention when Saturday began, but he shot a 5-over 75 in Round 3, putting him five strokes overall behind the co-leaders. While unlikely, Woods certainly could pull off a comeback if the past three rounds of play have told us anything about how this course plays. Still, don't hold your breath -- unless you like bets like that.
Here are some notable tee times (full listings here):
|Tee Time (MT)
||Golfer 1||Golfer 2|
|3:20||Jason Dufner||Beau Hossler (a)|
|3:30||John Senden||Kevin Chappell|
|3:40||Webb Simpson||Nicolas Colsaerts|
|3:50||Blake Adams||Ernie Els|
|4:00||Lee Westwood||Fredrik Jacobsen|
|4:10||Jim Furyk||Graeme McDowell|
Day 3 of the U.S. Open ended with Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell atop the leaderboard, as the only players with scores under par for the tournament. Everyone else is either at even-par or suffering with ridiculously high scores, some of which could actually still win.
That was an interesting point McDowell made in an interview once he was done with his round. He mentioned how the guys with +4 scores (like Tiger Woods now, for example) could still have a shot to win the tournament given the way the Olympic Club course has played this weekend.
It's become an interesting storyline that Furyk and McDowell are tied for the lead going into the final day of action, since both players obviously know what it takes to win a U. S. Open title.
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The Olympic Club in San Francisco has proved to be a struggle for all of the participants at the 2012 U.S. Open, even the guys who are playing the best golf.
Jim Furyk and Nicolas Colsaerts are atop the leaderboard at this point on Day 3, after Furyk entered the day's action tied for the lead with Tiger Woods and David Toms.
What's happened to the leaderboard is something to behold. Woods is +2 for the day, dropping his tournament score to +3. He's still tied for 4th, though. With that score.
Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood are in the hunt, with McDowell in 3rd place sporting +1 for the weekend. Westwood is tied with Ernie Els, Jason Dufner and Tiger, but he had a much more successful showing on Saturday. His 3-under par score for the day says as much.
While the guys at the top of the leaderboard are just preparing to head out to the course, there has been quite a lot of action from the rest of the pack. As it has the first two days, The Olympic Club continues to play incredibly difficult, with the heat wave in the Bay Area only making the course even more challenging.
The low score of the day so far came from Casey Wittenberg, who shot a 67. Wittenberg made a significant move up the leaderboard, as he now sits at +5, which is just six strokes behind Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms. Lee Westwood is currently shooting -1 through six holes, and now is just five strokes behind the leaders.
Woods and Furyk are set to tee off a little after 4 p.m.. It will be interesting to see if the golfers that are still waiting to tee off benefit as the temperatures start to cool off heading into the evening.
All eyes will be trained on tournament leaders Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open on Saturday, but fans will have to wait quite a while for that power pairing to hit the links at the Olympic Club. Those two are the last group to tee off (4:05 p.m. MT), while fellow leader David Toms (1-under through two rounds) is in the second-to-last set of golfers (3:55 p.m. MT). For current scores and an updated leaderboard, be sure to check out USOpen.com. Here are some notable tee times and pairings, and be sure to follow the link for a full list (all times MT):
11:55 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Alex Cejka
1:15 p.m.: Kevin Na, Jason Bohn
1:35 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer
1:45 p.m.: Lee Westwood, John Senden
2:25 p.m.: Ernie Els, Justin Rose
2:35 p.m.: Nick Watney, Sergio Garcia
3:25 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Aaron Watkins
3:35 p.m.: Blake Adams, Michael Thompson
3:45 p.m.: Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts
3:55 p.m.: John Peterson, David Toms
4:05 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk
With Round 3 of the 2012 U.S. Open set to start on Saturday the Olympic Club in San Francisco Tigers Woods is still the favorite to win the tournament, but Jim Furyk isn't far behind in the mind of oddsmakers. In fact, Furyk and Woods are all tied atop the leaderboard with David Toms at 1-under after two rounds of play, yet Tiger has 5/4 odds to win while Furyk is at 5/1 and Toms sits at 10/1.
Tiger Woods - 5/4
Jim Furyk - 5/1
David Toms - 10/1
Graeme McDowell - 14/1
Nicolas Colsaerts - 25/1
Matt Kuchar - 22/1
Jason Dufner - 33/1
Hunter Mahan - 28/1
Charl Schwartzel - 33/1
Lee Westwood - 33/1
K.J. Choi - 40/1
Justin Rose - 50/1
Tiger Woods will tee off in the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open on Saturday well within striking distance of his first major title since 2008, and that prospect is as much a boon to golf fans as it is television executives. Tied with Woods atop the leaderboard are a few familiar faces, including 2003 U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk and one-time major champion David Toms.
The tournament's other major storyline is the top ten placement of amateur Beau Hossler, the 17-year-old who is tied for ninth at three over par, along with golfers like Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar.
Woods is in the final group with Furyk, and the two will tee off at 2:05 p.m. CT.
Date/time: Saturday, June 16, 10:15 a.m. MT
Location: Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.
TV: NBC (coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. MT)
Martin Laird finished Friday's second round with a two-over 72, but the Colorado State alum's first round 77 means he won't be making the cut at the 2012 U.S. Open. The cut-line is projected to be at five-over, as Laird finishes the tournament at nine-over overall.
Laird would certainly like a re-do on Friday. He was 5-over after just six holes and finished the day with two double-bogies.
Four players are currently under-par in the tournament, a group led by American golfer Michael Thompson. Thompson is one-over on Saturday through three holes, but still leads the field with a overall score of three-under. All eyes will be on Tiger Woods the rest of the day. Woods just teed off.
If Colorado St. alum Martin Laird is going to make the cut at the 2012 U.S. Open, he better start stringing together some birdies. Through 10 holes on Saturday at The Olympic Club, Laird is at even-par. That would be fine if Laird didn't finish with a +7 score of 77 during Thursday's opening round.
The cut is currently projected at +5. The golfers are largely scoring better already on Friday than they did on Thursday.
Only four players are under-par at the moment, including Tiger Woods, who tees off today at 2:18 MT. American golfer Michael Thompson is leading the pack at -4.
Laird was sank by a pair of double-bogeys in the first round. Laird was +5 through six holes on Thursday, but rebounded to put himself to contention to make the cut.
On Friday, Round 2 of the 2012 U.S. Open begins at the Olympic Club, and there are plenty of options for following the action on the TV or over the internet. ESPN has TV coverage from 10 a.m. MT until 1 p.m., at which point NBC airs coverage from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. MT. Finally, ESPN takes over for five hours of TV from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. MT. As always you can check out the live leaderboard now and watch live by streaming on the internet as well.
The first round of action in the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club produced a leaderboard with Michael Thompson (4-under) at the top and others like Tiger Woods (1-under) and Lee Westwood (3-over) following behind. Thompson holds 25/1 odds to win the tournament heading into Round 2, while Woods improved upon his 6/1 odds from the start of the tournament by claiming 9/4 odds to win it all.
Meanwhile, Lee Westwood holds 20/1 odds and defending champion Rory McIlroy is at 100/1 after shooting 7-over on Thursday. Colorado St. alum Martin Laird also shot 7-over and is tied for 109th place.
Tiger Woods 9/4
Justin Rose: 8/1
Matt Kuchar: 12/1
Graeme McDowell: 16/1
Jim Furyk: 16/1
Jason Dufner: 20/1
Lee Westwood: 20/1
Ian Poulter: 25/1
Rory McIlroy: 100/1
Phil Mickelson: 125/1
The 2012 U.S. Open proved a tough battle for most golfers at the Olympic Club on Thursday. After Round 1, Michael Thompson is 4-under and holds a three-stroke lead over Tiger Woods and four others who sit at 1-under. That is everyone who is under par for the tournament so far.
Colorado St. alum Martin Laird is in a tie for 109th place at 7-over. On Friday, Laird is in Group 18 of 52 and will begin Round 2 at Tee No. 9 at 9:28 a.m. MT. Ben Crane and Anders Hansen remain his partners for one more day. Crane finished his round at 7-over, like Laird, while Hansen is in better position at 2-over.
Here are some other notable tee times (full listing of tee times at USOpen.com):
8:44 a.m. MT, Tee No. 9 - Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
1:52 p.m. MT, Tee No. 9 - Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
2:18 p.m. MT, Tee No. 1 - Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
2:40 p.m. MT, Tee No. 1 - Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
Colorado State alum Martin Laird didn't get off to an ideal start at this year's U.S. Open, finishing the day at 7-over after hitting a bogey on the course's first hole. He never quite rounded into shape, as he was 5-over after six holes and on the 16th hole he hit his second double bogey of the round.
At the moment, Michael Thompson is the leader by a pretty solid margin at 4-under. There's a five-way tie between Tiger Woods, David Toms, Nick Watney, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell for second place at 1-under, with another eight golfers finishing at even through the first 18 holes.
The first round of play at the 2012 U.S. Open on Thursday featured some interesting action, but nothing turned heads more than Tiger Woods coming in 1-under after 18 holes. Woods ripped off two quick birdies on holes No. 4 and No. 5 and then coasted to a 69, the second-best score of any golfer through the full 18 holes. Michael Thompson is the only golfer to out-hit Tiger so far, as he pulled off a 4-under by notching birdies on seven different holes.
Parker, Co., resident Shane Bertsch finished at 8-over, while 14-year-old amateur Andy Zhang turned in a disappointing 9-over mark after play on Thursday. Phil Mickelson also struggled on the first day, bogeying on seven different holes and only recording one birdie.
The 2012 U.S. Open will most certainly be a challenging course right up until the final stroke of the tournament takes place on Sunday. While a large portion of the golfers still needs to complete the majority of its Round 1, there are only five golfers under par for the day. Michael Thompson leads at 3-under after making four birdies on the yet-to-be-completed back nine.
Tiger Woods isn't far behind at 2-under with back-to-back birdies on the fourth and fifth holes (he started on Tee No. 9). His groupmates, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are at 6-over and 7-over, respectively.
Parker, Co., resident Shane Bertsch is also at 7-over. Fourteen-year-old amateur Andy Zhang is at 8-over while Steve Marino is currently last at 13-over.
The 2012 U.S. Open is proving to be a tough course early on, as much of the pre-round talk about this year's tournament pegged a difficult time for the golfers. Early on in the day, Kevin Na and Jason Bohn are the co-leaders at 2-under. Na had been the sole leader after moving to 3-under following a birdie on Hole No. 15 -- he started on Tee No. 9 -- but he made bogey on the par-5 16th hole. Bohn has yet to make a bogey.
Also playing early is one of two marquee groups: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson. Woods sits at 1-over after his first seven holes. Mickelson bogeyed the first three holes of his round made birdie on the par-3 13th hole and followed that with a bogey on the next hole. Watson is also at 3-over, like Mickelson.
Parker, Co., resident Shane Bertsch started the day on Tee No. 9 and just finished the 18th hole. He sits at 4-over after making four bogeys. Andy Zhang, the 14-year-old amateur in the field, is last at 7-over.
The 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Ca., gets underway on Thursday with a solid field of golfers looking to capture what is perhaps the toughest major championship. Rory McIlroy broke through last year for his first major championship at the U.S. Open.
Colorado St. alum Martin Laird is looking for his first major championship victory after either not qualifying or missing the cut in the majority of his starts in majors. He has failed to make the cut at the U.S. Open in three of his five previous starts, including last year's.
On Thursday, Laird begins his day at Tee No. 1 with Ben Crane and Anders Hansen at 3:13 p.m. MDT. Here are other notable tee times and pairings for Round 1 (a full listing can be found at USOpen.com):
Tee No. 9, 8:33 a.m. MDT - Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
Tee No. 1, 9:21 a.m. MDT - Andy Zhang (amateur, 14 years old), Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
Tee No. 1, 2:29 p.m. MDT - Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
Tee No. 1, 2:40 p.m. MDT - Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk
The second major championship on the PGA Tour, the U.S. Open begins on Thursday morning, but this tournament will start later than most since it takes place at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Ca. However, there will be plenty of options to watch the exciting play in Round 1.
There will be the usual television coverage that begins on ESPN at 10:00 a.m. MDT and lasts until 1:00 p.m. MDT. NBC picks up the coverage at 1:00 p.m. and lasts until 3:00 p.m. ESPN resumes coverage at 3:00 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m.
USOpen.com (full viewing schedule here) will also have a live stream of two notable groups: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson at 8:33 a.m. MDT until ESPN's coverage kicks in. Then at 2:29 p.m., Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald will have their own live stream coverage.
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