Who is Webb Simpson? The new U.S. Open champion. Going into Sunday's final round, not many thought they'd be saying that late Sunday evening.
It was all but locked up when Jim Furyk went erratic from the sand on a par shot he had to put in to remain in contention.
Graeme McDowell actually had a slim shot at taking Simpson to an extra 18 holes of playoff golf when he stepped up to hit his 24-foot birdie putt on 18. That shot went just a bit wide, and immediately NBC panned to a shot of Simpson sitting in the clubhouse with his wife watching the end of the match.
Maybe Simpson was shocked, maybe he's just that cool and composed, but he didn't react as one would expect. It took him a few moments to show much of an expression despite his wife obviously beaming and going somewhat crazy.
It capped a wild day in which cloud, fog and a little rain made playing conditions even more miserable than they had been in the previous three days at the Olympic Club.
Simpson entered the final round plus-three and looked to be about out of contention after bogeying the second and fifth holes on Sunday.
But he followed his second bogey with three consecutive birdies to get to minus-one on the day. Then on the 10th hole Simpson got his final birdie of the round to get to two-under on the day and plus-one for the tournament.
From there he literally played even-par golf. At the time it wouldn't have seemed good enough, as both Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell were playing good, solid golf and were teetering back and forth between even and plus-one.
No one could have ever expected for a moment McDowell or Furyk would fold as badly as they did. Both had a chance to tie Simpson and bring about an extra 18 holes, which would have been played Monday afternoon.
Both faltered, though Furyk's mistake was much more glaring and hard to watch.
It could be said that Furyk's implosion wasn't as drastic and unbelievable as the one we saw from Tiger Woods, who began his round bogey, bogey and double-bogey. At plus-four through three holes it was obvious Tiger was done on Sunday before play had really even begun.
The other talk of the tournament was the 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who made a couple of big-boy putts to start his round and stay in the hunt. But by the time the dust settled at Olympic Club, the future Texas Longhorn fell to plus-nine. That figure put him in a tie for 29th.
A plethora of other experienced golfers made slight runs throughout the day. But none of them were able to put together the solid round of Webb Simpson, who went two-under to win his first career major championship and become the 15th different champion in the last 15 majors.
Who'da thunk that?
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