The 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco was a war of attrition, and in the end a surprise victory overcame. Webb Simpson, a 26-year old from North Carolina with only a pair of PGA Tour victories since turning pro in 2008, won his first major by firing a two-under par 68 on Sunday to finish at one-over for the tournament.
Simpson had to sit int he clubhouse with the lead as Graeme McDowell had a chance to tie on the final hole, but McDowell couldn't get the necessary birdie on 18 to force a playoff. McDowell and Michael Thompson, who had a three-under 67 on Sunday, finished second a stroke behind Simpson.
Cleveland native Jason Dufner made a final charge to finish two strokes in back of the lead at three-over. Dufner tied with four other golfers for fourth place.
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