US Open Golf Purse 2012: Final Earnings for Webb Simpson and Other Notable Names
Fans were expecting a lot from the 2012 U.S. Open.
Many were expecting Tiger Woods' first major win since 2008. Others were expecting a resurgence from Rory McIlroy. Still others were expecting perhaps a first major victory for Lee Westwood or a first U.S. Open win for Phil Mickelson.
Instead, they got Webb Simpson.
Here's a look at the payouts for some of the notable names who finished near the top after a long and exhausting weekend at Olympic.
1. Webb Simpson: $1,440,000
Simpson won his first major in five tries on Sunday at one over, holding off the likes of Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk to capture the win at Olympic.
The 25-year-old was six shots off the lead heading into the dreaded sixth hole and birdied it, along with the next two, to push himself into the mix at the top of the leaderboard.
2. Michael Thompson: $695,916
Thompson, like Webb, started Sunday six shots back from the lead, but he forced his way into contention to sit at two over through 16 holes. He needed to make a five-foot put on the 17th to force a playoff with Simpson, but he pulled it and had to settle for a tie for second.
2. Graeme McDowell: $695,916
McDowell seemed to be in the mix all weekend but couldn't find the fairway on Sunday, putting himself out of the mix early on. He bogeyed four on the front nine and also needed a spectacular putt on the 17th hole to keep alive hope of a playoff, but the 25-footer stayed left.
4. Padraig Harrington: $276,841
Harrington was in the hunt for his fourth major championship but fell short long before the others. After shooting a 71 on Saturday, his hopes were all but shattered as he entered the final round six off the lead.
He made a strong late surge, making five birdies in 11 holes to put himself back in the running at two over, but he bogeyed the 18th to ruin his chances.
4. Jason Dufner: $276,841
Dufner improved by leaps and bounds from his previous top finish at the U.S. Open, which was a tie for 33rd place in 2010. Still, he was consistent throughout the course of the four-day stretch and never shot worse than two over par, but he just didn't make the close putts when he needed to.
The ending wasn't all disappointing for Dufner, though: He managed to garner his second top-five finish in his last three majors. He finished as the runner-up at the PGA Championship last year.
4. Jim Furyk: $276,841
There was perhaps no one who had a more frustrating final round than Furyk, who bogeyed two of his last three holes to officially put the nail in his coffin.
He didn't fall out of the lead until the 16th hole, when he hooked his drive, and he failed to birdie a single hole in the final round. If he'd managed to hold on, he would've registered his second U.S. Open win.
Here's a look at the top 10 on the leaderboard and their payouts. For a full list of the payouts, check out ESPN.com.
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