Altvater: Simpson wins U.S. OpenWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Scott Simpson won his only major title in the 1987 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.
Twenty-five years later another Simpson, Webb (no relation), won the 112th U.S. Open at Olympic Club by shooting 68-68 on the weekend.
Webb started the day at three over par, four shots behind leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.
Both have major hardware on their mantles and both are at the top of fairways hit stats on the PGA Tour.
Their drivers failed them on Sunday, however, and allowed Webb Simpson to slip by them for the win.
The 2012 U.S. Open was only the fifth major start for the 26-year-old Simpson.
2011 was just his second season on the PGA Tour and he had 12 top 10s including two wins and three runner-up finishes.
He won $6.3 million and finished second to Luke Donald in the 2011 PGA Tour money list race.
His play in 2012 has not been quite as stellar as 2011 but he has had four top 10s in 14 starts — plus now he has that cool U.S. Open Trophy.
The last three majors have been won by top young American players.
Keegan Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship, Bubba Watson the 2012 Masters, and now Simpson gets the win at the 2012 U. S. Open.
Americans winning majors is a fact that bodes well for Captain Davis Love and the U.S. Ryder Cup team that will face the Europeans later this year at Medinah Country Club just outside of Chicago.
Webb Simpson climbed 23 spots in the FedEx Cup rankings to No. 9 and moves from No. 14 to No. 5 on the Official World Golf Rankings.
He is the highest-ranked American player after Tiger Woods at No. 4.
This is a huge win for the young Webb Simpson. It will only add to his confidence in future big events and makes him someone to watch every time he tees it up.
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