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Simpson outlasts McDowell, Thompson to win US Open

10:36 PM, Jun 17, 2012   |    comments
June 17, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Webb Simpson tees off on the 1st hole during the final round of the 112th U.S. Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Webb Simpson has won the U.S. Open for his first major title.

Simpson saved par on the hilly 18th hole with a chip from the rough to about 4 feet, closing with a 2-under 68 to hold off Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson in a foggy final round at The Olympic Club on Sunday. Simpson finished at 1-over 281.

Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell were a shot back.

McDowell missed a birdie putt from about 25 feet on the final hole that would have forced an 18-hole playoff Monday. The Northern Irishman won the title at Pebble Beach two years ago.

Tiger Woods closed at 7 over after 73.

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