For the first time in five years a golfer shooting over par won the United States Open.
American Webb Simpson shot a +1 over his four rounds of golf at the Olympic Club in San Francisco to be a major winner for the first time in his career. Argentina’s Angel Cabrera was the last golfer to shoot over par at the United States Open in 2007 when he went +5 to win at the Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh.
Simpson was +5 over the first two rounds, but shot -2 on two consecutive days over the weekend to win the second major of the year. The co-leaders heading into the day, American Jim Furyk (2003 U.S. Open Champion) and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell were a combined +7 on Sunday.
Simpson beat McDowell and round one leader Michael Thompson by a stroke.
This is Simpson’s third victory on the PGA Tour. Last year he won at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina and the Duetsche Bank Championship in Boston, part of the PGA’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. He also played a key role for the American win over the Internationals at the 2011 President’s Cup in Australia.