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What We Learned from the 2012 U.S. Open: A Fan’s Take

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Now that the 112th United States Open Golf championship has concluded, it is time to look back and reflect upon what we have learned from this event. Here are a few of my quick takes.

Webb Simpson has an excellent chance to be a very good player on the PGA Tour for the foreseeable future. Finishing second on the PGA Tour money list and winning a major championship like the U.S. Open qualifies you as a big time player in my book. I think it is very likely Simpson will continue to regularly win tournaments on tour and possibly add another major within the next few years.

Jim Furyk and Ernie Els had major problems trying to close out the U.S. Open. It was nerve racking for everyone involved. However, I think that certainly Furyk, and Els, a least to some extent, can no longer close out golf tournaments. At the very least they cannot win major titles. Jim Furyk had every opportunity to claim the second U.S. Open title of his career. Yet he failed to do so and in the process hit a couple of shots that looked more like one of mine than those of a major champion. Els, whom I really like, also had some chances to climb into serious contention and possibly capture his third U.S. Open title but he too failed to get it done. These men were great players but I would not look for additional major championship glory in their future.

Tiger Woods is not back. If Tiger Woods was truly back he would certainly have remained in contention on the weekend and quite possibly have won the U.S. Open. Just because Woods wins a tournament which closely precedes a major championship does not mean he is going to win that major.

I do not know quite what to make of the play of Rory McIlroy. I still believe Rory McIlroy is going to win more major championships in his career. He is simply too good not to win. However, he must somehow figure out how to make the cut at a major so that he may get himself into a position where he can begin to compete. That needs to start at the British Open in July.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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