Webb wins US Open 2012

U.S. Open – Olympic Club….Hunter Finnell covered the 2nd MAJOR of the Golf Season for ESPN 630 Sports Radio on the Central Coast.  6 of the 7 days, the weather was un-San Francisco like (SUNNY) in June…but, the REAL Bay Area Summer arrived for Sunday’s Final Round. Tiger Woods fell out of contention for the title, after his first 4 holes…while 2003 U.S. Open Champ, Jim Furyk saw his lead evaporate with a bad drive on the Par-5 16th hole. And, lo and behold. 26-year old Webb Simpson fired his second consecutive 68 on the weekend to edge 2010 U.S. Open Champ, Graeme McDowell by one stroke.  Simpson, who hails from Charlotte North Carolina, was an Arnold Palmer Scholarship golfer at Wake Forest University, in North Carolina.  Ironic, since Palmer lost a 7 stroke lead at the Olympic Club in 1966 as Billy Casper overtook the famous Arnie to win the U.S. Open at Olympic.

Webb Simpson becomes the 5th U.S. Open Champ at the Olympic Club joining, Jack Fleck, (1955), Billy Casper, (1966), Scott Simpson, (1987), & Lee Janzen, (1998). All previous Champions at the Olympic Club defeated household names:
The second-place finishers: Ben Hogan, (1955), Arnold Palmer, (1966), Tom Watson, (1987), Payne Stewart, (1998).
Hunter Finnell also spoke one-one-on with this year’s Low Amateur, JORDAN SPEITH, who bested incoming U. of Texas Teammate, BEAU HOSSLER of Orange County, CA.  Speith, who’s Texas Longhorn golf team recently won the NCAA Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club in L.A. said he was amazed that he accomplished these two golf goals already, and that he looks forward to achieving his next goal, which most golf fans assume will be his eventual decision to turn professional.  He proved his worth at the Olympic Club, finishing only 6 strokes behind this year’s U.S. Open Champion…Webb Simpson
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