Webb Simpson: 2012 U.S. Open Triumph Won't Be Last Major Victory
Webb Simpson isn’t going away.
Unless you’re a golf junkie, when you heard who had won the 2012 U.S. Open, you most likely asked,"who?" While Simpson isn’t a household name, he will be soon enough.
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News reported that the champ admitted on Sunday night:
To be honest I never really wrapped my mind around winning. I have no experience in major championships being in contention, at all. So for me to play fourth from the last group was probably a huge help as opposed to the last group. I can imagine playing the final group of a major is really tough.
How many majors will Simpson win in the next 2 years?
Simpson will be in position to do just that in due time.
At five over par heading into Saturday, the 26-year old was forgotten. No one even cared to mention him as a possibility, but consecutive two-under-par performances put him on top.
On Sunday, he got hot, sinking four birdies in a span of five holes. From there, he simply hit for par the rest of the round and watched his opposition hit bogey after bogey.
Rick Reilly of ESPN tweeted this fun fact about just how clutch Simpson’s comeback was:
Webb Simpson came from 29th place on Saturday morning to win. Biggest two-day leap in U.S. Open history.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) June 18, 2012
Simpson will be back in the winner’s circle. Right now, he’s the No. 5 ranked golfer in the world only behind Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald (via World Golf Rankings). Those four are always favorites heading into major tournaments and Simpson now deserves to in the same discussions.
He became a pro in just 2008 and is only 26 years old—Simpson will be around for a while.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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