For most of the day on Sunday at the 2012 U.S. Open it didn't seem like Webb Simpson would be your eventual winner. Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk were battling for a chance at a second U.S. Open trophy, and unlikely names like Michael Thompson and John Peterson were making a case themselves.
But Webb Simpson was resilient in that final round, making a birdie and seven straight pars on his final eight holes before reaching the famed 18th at Olympic Club. A short hole by design, the 18th is one that forces you to hit the fairway if you want a shot at finding the thimble-sized green. Simpson didn't do either, and came up to the final green with a downhill chip from a nasty lie that even he admitted didn't have a great chance at being pulled off.
Simpson pitched it perfectly, the ball settled a few feet past the hole and he was able to roll that in for the par and a one-shot victory.
It wasn't a massive hooked wedge like Bubba Watson pulled off at the Masters, but it was the type of shot that wins U.S. Opens, and for Simpson's first major it was the memory of a lifetime.
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