2012 U.S. Open Golf Results: Webb Simpson Wins His First Major In Comeback Victory

Webb Simpson is champ at the 2012 U.S. Open, taking home his first major after his breakout 2011 season.

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2012 U.S. Open Golf Purse: Webb Simpson An Even Wealthier Man After Win

The 2012 U.S. Open is (obviously) open to amateurs, but that's not to say the professional golfers are in it strictly to uphold the Olympic ideals—the purse for the finishers is planty big, and it's served to make surprise winner Webb Simpson an even wealthier man than he was last year, when he nearly topped the PGA's money list. Simpson gets $1.4 million out of an $8 million purse for his U.S. Open victory—and some endorsement deals, I'd imagine, besides. Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell, the unlucky second-place finishers, only have $695,916 with which to salve their wounds.

Tiger Woods earns $86,348 for his 21st-place finish, while St. Louis native Scott Langley will take home $53,168, which probably sits a little heavier in his bank account than it would the other guys I just mentioned. The complete money list is available over at ESPN, but here are the top 10 (or so) finishers, for convenience's sake:

1. Webb Simpson—$1,440,000
2. Michael Thompson, Graeme McDowell—$695,916
4. Padraig Harrington, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, David Toms, John Peterson—$276,841
9. Ernie Els—$200,280
10. Retief Goosen, Lee Westwood, John Senden, Casey Wittenberg, Kevin Chappell—$163594

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U.S. Open 2012 Golf: Webb Simpson Means Ratings Spike For NBC, Makes Up For Belmont Stakes

I'll Have Another's exit from the Belmont Stakes was bad news for NBC earlier this month, but Webb Simpson proved to be exactly the antidote the slumping network needed for its sports coverage—ratings for the 2012 U.S. Open were up significantly from last year, according to a report from Bloomberg News, and Webb Simpson's strong performance down the stretch probably had a lot to do with it.

Simpson probably wasn't quite the draw a Tiger Woods resurgence would have been, but after Tiger's disappointing finish over the weekend, he was the next best thing—neither an established name nor a total unknown, an up-and-comer who could become more famous and more bankable as the years go on. Simpson's big 2011 season meant he had all the golf-star bona fides except a major; now that he has that you can bet that he'll have a ton of TV time devoted to him over the next several majors.

For more on the U.S. Open champion and the rest of the action on the PGA Tour, check out SB Nation's dedicated golf hub, where Webb Simpson's strong performance was no surprise at all.

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2012 U.S. Open Golf Results: On Strange Leaderboard, Scott Langley Finishes Strong

The 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard looks only a little like we thought it would going into last Thursday's opening round—Tiger Woods fell off after a strong start, and Jim Furyk, atop the leaderboard as the last round began, couldn't quite stave off winner Webb Simpson's strong finish. And after a first round that made him a longshot to make the cut, St. Louis native Scott Langley finished on the leaderboard, tied for 29th at three over. Strong second and third rounds helped him to his best finish of the PGA season—and a $53,168 prize, which can't hurt, either.

Langley made his name as an amateur at the 2010 U.S. Open, when he finished tied for 16th (and low amateur status) thanks to a Round 2 69. Langley, 23, was born in Manchester, Missouri and played golf as a collegian at the University of Illinois.

For a complete look at the leaderboard, check out USOpen.com's detailed recap. For more on Scott Langley and the rest of the Missouri sports landscape, stay tuned to us here at SB Nation St. Louis. But only if you want to. I mean, there's nothing keeping you here.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Webb Simpson Tops Jim Furyk After Tiger Woods Falters

After Tiger Woods fell apart in round three the top of the 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard was Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell's for the taking, but neither of them could quite fill the power vacuum—a great weekend by Webb Simpson was enough to leave him just over par for the tournament, and being just over par was enough to give the 26-year-old his first career major victory. It's a push into the spotlight for a golfer who already made himself known among golf fans by finishing near the top of the money list in a breakout 2011 season.

The win makes him one of the main competitors for golf's overall power and publicity vacuum; the $1.5 million prize leaves Simpson fifth in the World Golf Rankings, up from No. 14. With the major tournaments spread so widely—15 in a row have been won by different golfers—nobody's yet been able to consolidate their post-Tiger-Woods power. Maybe Simpson, who was impressively consistent in 2011, will be the one to do it.

For more news and analysis, check out the SB Nation Golf Hub, where they knew about Webb Simpson much earlier than I did, for one.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Results: Webb Simpson Tops Furyk, McDowell On Leaderboard In Final Upset

After Tiger Woods fell apart it looked like Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell would battle alone at the top of the 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard—but the results are in, and Webb Simpson is the surprise champion, a 26-year-old who finished 14th at the Open last year in his breakout 2011 season. The major victory—his first—establishes him for good as a real force on the PGA Tour, a year after he made over $6 million with 12 top 10 finishes. Furyk and McDowell narrowly missed forcing a playoff, with Furyk falling down the leaderboard on his last few holes; Michael Thompson, with a 66 and a 67 flanking second and third rounds of 75 and 74, pulled in at second place.

Simpson started the tournament back in the pack, shooting 72 and 73 over the first two rounds, but his weekend was outstanding—he shot 68 in both rounds, leaping up seven spots on the last day. St. Louis native Scott Langley finished tied for 29th at +9, after shooting a 73 on Sunday.

For a complete look at the leaderboard, check out USOpen.com.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Struggles, Scott Langley Impresses Saturday

Heading into Sunday morning's action, the 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard has caused our national and local stories to neatly converge—as Tiger Woods struggled, shooting five-over to fall from a share of the lead all the way into a tie for 14th, Scott Langley—St. Louis's own golfer, who struggled in a first round that saw him almost miss the cut—shot his best round of the tournament, continuing to excel after a slow start. It was his second consecutive even-par round, keeping him in a +6 tie for 27th place. Langley, who starred as an amateur at the U.S. Open back in 2010, would be in a position to compete with Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell if only he hadn't shot that round 1 76—no doubt Tiger feels the same way about his third-round 75.

Woods is still vaguely in competition, which assures us another day of Tiger-dominated media coverage of the event right up until the moment Furyk or McDowell wins it, but his poor performance Saturday means he'd have to have one of the best rounds of his career on Sunday to really do it. To follow along with Woods, Langley, or some story in between on the national-local continuum, we recommend USOpen.com's detailed leaderboard.

And for more coverage of both, stay tuned to our 2012 U.S. Open storystream.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson Lost In Tiger Woods's Wake

The 2012 U.S. Open has been about Tiger Woods since before it started, but that sort of thing is inevitable in American golf circa 2012, in- or outside the Olympic Club. But now that he's one of the only golfers left under par (-1) following a Round 2 69) on a course that's been absolutely brutal to these pros—leaving fellow stars Phil Mickelson (+7) and Bubba Watson (who missed the cut Friday) in his wake—it's unavoidable: This is Tiger Woods's tournament to lose, and really his tournament in general; whatever happens will be filtered through golf's lone superstar's experience. Jim Furyk and David Toms are tied for the lead, but they'll be hard-pressed to make casual golf fans notice it.

Rory McIlroy and top-ranked Luke Donald, who shot a 79, also missed the cut. Meanwhile, St. Louis golfer Scott Langley came back from a rough first round to sneak in under the cut, finishing ahead of Mickelson and earning his second full tournament in as many U.S. Open appearances.

For more U.S. Open coverage, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis's storystream. For a live look at the U.S. Open leader board, visit USOpen.com.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012 Leaderboard: St. Louis Native Scott Langley Struggles In Round 1

Manchester, Missouri native golfer Scott Langley qualified for his second U.S. Open in 2012 on the strength of an outstanding qualifying performance, but his first round at the Olympic Club wasn't exactly the fairy tale that 2010 amateur performance was—he's currently tied at No. 93 after shooting a six-over 76. He'll come back Friday and attempt to avoid the cut starting at 2:30 PM.

Langley's appeared in three PGA events in 2012, making two cuts and earning $29,462, but his No. 16 finish at the U.S. Open back in 2010 remains his best finish to date. The Post-Dispatch has a good story on his return to major play after a rough acclimation to his professional golf career in 2011.

We'll follow Langley and the rest of the 2012 U.S. Open field all weekend on SB Nation St. Louis; for more information, check out the official U.S. Open leaderboard, which has live scoring updates, or follow along on our storystream. Or check out these videos from SB Nation Studios, which will, admittedly, probably be a little heavier on Tiger Woods than they are Scott Langley:

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U.S. Open 2012 Golf Odds: Should Anyone Bet On Tiger Woods's Name?

Tiger Woods hasn't won a major since 2008, and despite some recent success he's far from the dominant Tiger Woods whose image his name still conjures up. So why is he at the top of the 2012 U.S. Open odds even now, sitting at 13/2 in our latest report? Here's a guess: Everyone who even thinks about golf betting knows his name, the bookmakers have to react to the likelihood people will use that familiarity to place a bet on him, and they can't afford to pay out on him like they would, say, 20/1 Phil Mickelson if he does win.

A good golfer and a really good name—that's a dangerous combination. It's the same one that drove I'll Have Another's odds down so far in the 2012 Belmont Stakes; that horse wasn't Secretariat, but any casual fan who put some money down was going to put it down on the horse that could win the Triple Crown. Tiger Woods isn't Tiger Woods, anymore, but any casual golf fan who bets on the 2012 U.S. Open is probably going to bet on Tiger Woods, because they remember when he was.

As for you, the non-casual golf fan—well, it just doesn't seem worth it when so many other golfers are being valued more impartially.

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