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Webb Simpson wins U.S. Open as Jim Furyk fades late

The Inquirer's Joe Juliano is filing live updates during the final round of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Webb Simpson wins U.S. Open as Jim Furyk fades late

Webb Simpson closed out his final round with eight straight pars, carding a 68 to finish the U.S. Open at 1-over.  (Ben Margot/AP)
Webb Simpson closed out his final round with eight straight pars, carding a 68 to finish the U.S. Open at 1-over. (Ben Margot/AP)

The Inquirer's Joe Juliano is filing live updates during the final round of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. 

10:30 p.m. update: West Chester native Jim Furyk bogeyed the 16th hole and failed to birdie either the 17th or 18 holes, giving Webb Simpson the 2012 U.S. Open title at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Furyk fell a shot behind Simpson with a bogey on the 16th hole in the closing stages of the U.S. Open Sunday at the foggy and misty Olympic Club.

Simpson closed out his round with eight straight pars to finish with the lead at 1-over, carding a 68 on Sunday and a 281 overall.

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Furyk is tied for second at 2-over with former U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson, who carded a 67 in his final round - the best performance of the day by any golfer.

Earlier, Furyk bogeyed the 13th hole to fall back into a tie for the lead with Simpson.

Furyk sank a 30-foot putt to save par at the par-4 12th hole. But on the next hole, a par-3, he knocked his tee shot short and to the right of the green and chipped 12 feet past the cup. He missed the putt to fall to 1-over for the championship, and 2-over for his round.

Furyk, the 2003 Open champion, has not made any birdies in his final round. He made three each Friday and Saturday and one Thursday.

The 26-year-old Simpson, who had a breakthrough season on the PGA Tour last year but has yet to win a major, roared up the leader board with the help of four birdies in a five-hole stretch that got him to 2-under for the round and 1-over for the Open.

After a birdie at No. 10, he parred his next seven holes and has only the 18th to play.

McDowell had been at 1-over following back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12, but he bogeyed the 13th and 14th holes to slip to 3-over. He then birdied the 17th hole to get back into the chase.

Fellow former U.S. Open champion Ernie Els finished Sunday at 4-over par.

Tiger Woods made three birdies after a horrific start that saw him play his first six holes in 6-over par. He closed with a 73 for a 287 total.

Phil Mickelson went without a birdie the entire day and shot a 78 to finish far back in the pack at 296.

Click here for the complete 2012 U.S. Open final leaderboard.

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