Webb Simpson: Young Golfer's 2012 US Open Win a Sign of Things to Come

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJune 19, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 17:  Webb Simpson of the United States celebrates with the trophy alongside Glen Nager, President of the USGA. after Simpson's one-stroke victory at the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The words "2012 US Open champion" will be forever attached to Webb Simpson's name, but don't think for a second that this kid is done winning majors.

The 26-year-old Wake Forrest alum was brilliant over the weekend, shooting back-to-back 68's on the grueling course at Olympic Club in San Francisco. While the sports best wilted under the intense pressure, Simpson rose to the occasion.

He showed unbelievable poise, confidence, savvy, etc. over the final two rounds, when he sank nine birdies and just five bogeys. He finished the tournament with eight straight pars to move past former US Open winners Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.

It was an excellent performance, but it shouldn't have come as a total surprise. Simpson was far from a household name heading into the tournament, but the guy did finish second last year in both the FedEx Cup points standings and the PGA Tour money list.

He's also been solid throughout 2012, earning four top-ten finishes before Olympic Club. He's first on the PGA Tour with 4.1 birdies per round and his 1.176 putts per hole is also the best on Tour.

With his ability to stay safe off the tee and sink putts on the green, Simpson can contend for the trophy every time he steps on the course.

I doubt he'll duplicate his US Open performance at the Open Championship in a few weeks, but with his youth and skill level, look for Webb Simpson to win a couple more majors before his career is over.