Simpson wins US Open

Webb Simpson battled off tough competition from Graeme McDowell and Thompson on the final day of the US Open.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods disappointed on the last day and finished way down the field on +16 and +7 respectively.

Rory McIlroy shockingly missed the cut to make it to the final day’s play, leaving Northern Ireland’s hopes with McDowell.

The weather probably didn’t help anybodies cause. Although it didn’t rain, the fog was sweeping over the course at just above head height potentially causing a distraction and sticking in the back of some players minds as they hope it didn’t lay on the course.

English hope, Lee Westwood, was coming back to a strong finish but then, in the most of bizarre circumstances, his ball got stuck up a tree. After that it all went downhill and he finished +5.

It was very strange that nobody finished the tournament under par. Making The Olympic Club the overall winner, as nobody was able to beat her.

One thing that bemuses me about the American crowds is how they shout relentlessly. As soon as a ball is hit they just make noises! What’s that all about?! Surely it gets on the players nerves? Alright, it’s after they’ve hit the ball and it doesn’t interfere with anybodies swing, but it’s so loud, what if somebody on the next tee is about to cream a drive 300 yards and then that moron yells some strange noise?

It’s ridiculous! Golf courses are supposed to be places of serene beauty with the odd sound of metal on ball. I admit, there will be gasps, clapping, cheering and the likes, but not a wail of pure noise for no reason whatsoever. It’s so immature!

It could have been the reason that the gangly Furyk dropped behind the pack and ended up from a strong winning position to finishing tied in fourth. It probably isn’t the reason, because the course is really tough – but you never know!

The best amateur in the field was Jordon Spieth, which was a surprise to me because about 70% of the amateur coverage was going to Beau Hossler, obviously he must have been the producers favourite. He is just 17, and looks to have a bright future, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of him on the US Tour.

But a brand new champion has been crowned.

Simpson has only been on the US PGA tour for 3 years and had to fend off some tough competition. And now he’s ranked fifth in the world.

The top three ranks are dominated by UK players. Luke Donald is sitting pretty nicely at the top, with McIlroy in second and Lee Westwood holding Tiger Woods off the third spot.

Overall it was a tournament with a lot of surprises. One of the most difficult US Open’s I’ve seen, and eventually a winner that was only determined with the last shot of the day!

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