US Open Golf 2012 Winner: 5 Fun Facts About Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson deserves attention.
Unfortunately for the 2012 U.S. Open champion, Tiger Woods losing is a bigger story than him winning. On top of that, the highlight of the tournament occurred after the tournament, but we’ll get to that later.
Simpson was clutch. He began Saturday at five over par, but he fought back.
After going two under the day before, on Sunday he bogeyed twice in the first five holes to erase the ground that he had gained. Webb didn’t panic, though. He birdied four out of his next five holes and hit for par on the final eight to claim the crown.
While Simpson rose to the occasion, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk squandered Day 4 leads with three-over and four-over-par outings, respectively. They choked, Simpson didn’t, and that’s why he holds the U.S. Open title.
Here are five fun facts about the champ.
5. He Wasn't Lucky
If you aren’t a diehard golf fan, you’ve probably never heard of Webb. Prior to Sunday, he never won a major, let alone finished in the top 10.
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a talented golfer.
Before his victory, Webb was ranked the 13th-best golfer in the world. Previously in his career, he was actually ranked as high as No. 6. Now he’s ranked No. 5 with only household names Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald in front of him (via Official World Golf Ranking).
Simpson’s U.S. Open triumph isn’t a fluke. He wasn’t lucky, he was due.
4. He Isn't a Bum
If you hear the words "never won a major," it’s safe to assume that the golfer isn’t a cash cow. That isn’t the case with Simpson, though.
In his first year as a pro, he didn’t eclipse the $40,000 mark. After that, though, let’s just say he didn’t have trouble paying the bills.
Last year, Simpson didn’t just compete—he made bank. He won his first two PGA Tour events, and he finished 12 times in the top 10 and 21 times in the top 25. That success translated to a year’s earnings of well over $6 million and him finishing second on the money list (via PGA Tour).
You may have never heard of him, but he could buy you.
3. He Has a Hot Wife
What an absolute shocker. A professional athlete has an attractive spouse. I guess this is more a given than a fun fact.
Webb and Dowd met at Wake Forest, got married and had a child. If she looks semi-large in the picture, it’s because she’s seven months pregnant with their second.
But while the pair looks like the typical couple, the way that they met sure wasn’t typical—and that can’t be understated.
2. His Dad Hooked Him Up
When I say "hooked him up," by no means am I talking about fishing.
Dowd wrote on PGATour.com that Webb wasn’t the first Mr. Simpson that she met—his father was. At a Wake Forest party, he called her over and offered her $100 to take Webb out. Mr. Simpson joked that Webb wanted to be seen around campus with an older girl, and she bought it.
Webb and Dowd eventually met face-to-face thanks to a mutual friend (no, not the dad), and the rest is history.
1. He Has Golf's Craziest Fanbase
Simpson is a talented professional athlete, he’s filthy rich and has a good family. What more could a guy ask for? Golf’s greatest fanbase.
In the video, you’ll witness what I referred to in the intro as the highlight of the tournament. A fan—most likely drunk out of his mind—managed to sneak in front of the NBC cameras during Simpson’s post-tournament interview.
The peacock birdcall seemed to offend Simpson, but the fan definitely made the most out of his 15 seconds of fame. And look on the bright side, champ—he helped you get on a viral YouTube video.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.