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It can be a buried story when a golfer wins his first major like Webb Simpson did, but aside from taking home that trophy, he will also be taking home $1.44 million.
On the flip side, Jim Furyk cost himself over $1 million after falling out of first place in Sunday's final round.
Here's the payout for the top-10 at the U.S. Open:
1 Webb Simpson (+1): $1,440,000
T2 Michael Thompson (+2): $695,916
T2 Graeme McDowell (+2): $695,916
T4 Jason Dufner (+3): $276,841
T4 Padraig Harrington (+3): $276,841
T4 David Toms (+3): $276,841
T4 John Peterson (+3): $276,841
T4 Jim Furyk (+3): $276,841
9 Ernie Els (+4): $200,280
T10 John Senden (+5): $163,594
T10 Kevin Chappell (+5): $163,594
T10 Casey Wittenberg (+5): $163,594
T10 Retief Goosen (+5): $163,594
T10 Lee Westwood (+5): $163,594
Anyone who made the cut earned at least $16,512, besides amateurs.
For more in depth coverage including video, highlights and player interviews regarding the 2012 U.S. Open, make sure that you check out the USGA's ongoing coverage as well as SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.
Webb Simpson was a relatively unknown golfer, and he then proceeded to win the 2012 U.S. Open on Sunday. Simpson started the day four strokes back of the leader and proceeded to shoot a 2-under on the day, finishing the tournament at 1-over.
Simpson started out on a rough patch by bogeying the second and fifth hole before turning around his game to birdie four of the next five, and then par the final eight holes.
Simpson edged out Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell by one stroke. Jim Furyk was the front runner and started the day tied for the lead, but shot 4-over in the final round and fell apart by bogeying hole No. 16 and 18.
This is Simpson's third career professional victory and first ever major championship.
At one point in at the 2012 U.S. Open Hunter Mahan was in the top-10 overall, but after multiple rounds shooting over par Mahan keep falling down the leaderboard as he ended up shooting 10-over par for the tournament. The Olympic Club course was not kind to any golfers since whoever will win this tournament will likely have a final score around par.
Mahan did manage a pair of birdies on his first and eighth holes, and had a stretch of bogie-free golf for seven straight holes on Saturday which was his best stretch of the tournament However, Mahan's final round was his worst of the tournament as he shot a 4-over, 74 which included four bogies and a double-bogie on the sixth hole.
That sixth hole gave Mahan problems all weekend as he never shot better than bogie and even had a triple-bogie during Friday's second round.
For a live leaderboard go visit USOpen.com.
The final round of the 2012 U.S. Open will begin on Sunday with golfers hitting the course at around 9 a.m. local time at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell enter Sunday tied for the lead at 1-under par.
NBC will provide six hours of coverage on Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. CT. Fans will also have the option for expanded coverage by visiting USOpen.com. Live streaming coverage of holes No. 8 and 18 will be available also starting at 3 p.m. CT.
Radio coverage of the final round will also begin at 3 p.m. and will be available online or via your smartphone and the official U.S. Open app. For live scoring updates fans should check out USOpen.com for full leaderboard updates of the 2012 U.S. Open.
The Olympic Club has been terribly difficult for all the golfers in Saturday's third round at the 2012 U.S. Open. Most of the players are battling to just be at par for their round. The current leader is Jim Furyk who fared just as most golfers have for the day.
Furyk got off to a bad start by being at 2-over par through the first six holes, but he proceeded to regroup and hit a pair of birdies on the seventh and 11th hole to be at even par through 13 holes. Furyk is currently 1-under par for the tournament and is ahead of Graeme McDowell is currently in second place at even par.
Coming into Saturday's round Furyk was tied with Tiger Woods and David Toms, but both have fallen back with Woods at 3-over par and Toms shooting a 6-over par so far through the third round.
For a live leaderboard go visit USOpen.com.
The Olympic Club is working its magic again on Saturday, as players are struggling with the course and posting numbers that resemble touchdowns more than field goals on the scoreboard. As seven players are under par, six are at 1-under for the day.
The one exception? Angel Cabrera. Cabrera has managed to score a 2-under for the day, and 6-over for the tournament and tied for 35th. Cabrera found birdies on holes four, five and thirteen. His only bogey came on par-4, hole No. 9.
The leaders of the U.S. Open are all sitting at 1-under thus far. Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms are all scheduled to tee off right at the 5 o'clock hour Central time, 3 o'clock Pacific. The Olympic Club is in rare form, lets see how the leaders manage through it.
Once again, Tiger Woods finds himself as the favorite in a major golf event. Woods, who is tied atop the leaderboard at the 2012 U.S. Open with Jim Furyk and David Toms at -1, is the odds-on favorite headed into the third round of play.
Woods has been given 5/4 odds from the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, despite being tied atop the leaderboard and not actually owning the lead. Furyk has been given 5/1 odds, and Toms has been given 10/1 odds to win the major.
Bovada lists the following odds for the remainder of the field:
Michael - H Thompson
Round three of the 2012 U.S. Open is set to get underway on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. Most eyes of the golf world will be on Tiger Woods, who is looking to add yet another major title to his resume.
Tee times and pairings were announced late Friday over at the U.S. Open's official website. Courtesy of the U.S. Open, here are the tee times and pairings for Saturday.
|1||1||9:15||K. Streelman||B. Van Pelt|
|2||1||9:25||J. Ogilvie||P. Cantlay (a)|
|3||1||9:35||M. Baldwin||S. LeBrun|
|4||1||9:45||J. Mueller||R. Fowler|
|5||1||9:55||A. Cabrera||J. Spieth (a)|
|6||1||10:05||C. Wittenberg||N. Thompson|
|7||1||10:15||J. Curl||S. Dyson|
|8||1||10:25||F. Molinari||B. Estes|
|9||1||10:35||R. Pampling||D. Love|
|10||1||10:45||S. Ames||Z. Johnson|
|11||1||10:55||P. Mickelson||A. Cejka|
|12||1||11:05||K. Kim||K. Bradley|
|13||1||11:15||A. Scott||H. Fujita|
|14||1||11:25||J. Byrd||S. Langley|
|15||1||11:35||D. Stiles||J. Day|
|16||1||11:45||M. Hoffmann||M. Warren|
|17||1||11:55||R. Karlsson||W. Simpson|
|18||1||12:05||R. Goosen||B. Grace|
|19||1||12:15||K. Na||J. Bohn|
|20||1||12:25||K. Chappell||M. Manassero|
|21||1||12:35||I. Poulter||M. Kaymer|
|22||1||12:45||L. Westwood||J. Senden|
|23||1||12:55||H. Hamrick||M. Allen|
|24||1||1:05||A. Presnell||P. Harrington|
|25||1||1:15||J. Park||S. Stricker|
|26||1||1:25||E. Els||J. Rose|
|27||1||1:35||N. Watney||S. Garcia|
|28||1||1:45||C. Wi||F. Jacobson|
|29||1||1:55||K. Choi||C. Schwartzel|
|30||1||2:05||R. Jacquelin||B. Hossler (a)|
|31||1||2:15||J. Dufner||M. Kuchar|
|32||1||2:25||H. Mahan||A. Watkins|
|33||1||2:35||B. Adams||M. Thompson|
|34||1||2:45||G. McDowell||N. Colsaerts|
|35||1||2:55||J. Peterson||D. Toms|
|36||1||3:05||T. Woods||J. Furyk|
Please note that the times listed are pacific, since the event is being held in San Francisco. So, if you're hoping to catch Hunter Mahan's round, he'll tee off at 4:45 p.m. CT.
Hunter Mahan finds himself in contention this weekend, as the 2012 U.S. Open begins weekend play on Saturday. Mahan is four strokes behind Jim Furyk, David Toms and Tiger Woods, who are all tied for the lead with a score of -1.
Golf fans looking to catch the third round of play on Saturday can watch the event live on NBC, starting at 3 p.m. CT. Televised coverage will continue on NBC until 9 p.m. CT.
Further, the U.S. Open's official website offers live streaming of holes No. 8 and 18, so golf fans can watch those two holes live online all throughout Saturday.
Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut, as did Masters champion Bubba Watson. Phil Mickelson barely made the cut with his +7, but barring a miracle, Lefty won't be in contention.
After the first two rounds of the 2012 U.S. Open, there is a trio of players tied for first place in Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms. All three of those golfers managed to shoot 1-under par in the difficult Olympic Club course.
Woods nearly fell apart early on as he started the day by bogeying the fifth, sixth and seventh holes to tumble down the leaderboard, but Woods recovered to go 2-under par over the final 11 holes. After two rounds Woods ended up shooting an even par for his second round.
Hunter Mahan is in contention as he is tied for ninth place at 3-over par, but is in contention as he is only four strokes behind the leader. His second round was all over the place as it included four birdies, two bogies and the rare triple-bogey on the sixth hole. Had Mahan just made par on the hole he would be at even par for the tournament and one back of the leaders.
The 2012 U.S. Open still has a good portion of the field still in play in the second round, so the projected cutline could change. Currently the projected cutline is 8-over par. Some major players that could miss the cut are Bubba Watson and last year's U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
Watson is at plus-10 for the tournament, and 2-over par through Friday's second round. Currently Watson is on the No. 16 hole so his time is running short if he is going to pick up two strokes over the final holes.
McIlroy is done for the day and is currently at 10-over par which means he is likely to miss the cut unless many other players start shooting poorly and cause the cutline line to move higher. The odds of that happening is extremely slim, so it is posible that the defending champion will not see the course over the weekend.
Here is a look at the current leaderboard.
Par at The Olympic Club is as good as hitting a birdie on other courses, and Fort Worth resident and LSU alum John Peterson is proof.
Peterson shot even par for his second round and currently sits tied for eighth at +1 overall at the 2012 U.S. Open. He bogeyed the opening hole, as well as the fifth, but hit two birdies on the back nine to reach even par. Perhaps as impressive as anything was that he shot par on 14 holes. Given the difficulty of the course, par will keep you in the hunt.
Michael Thompson entered the day with a three-shot lead, but bogeyed the 11th and double-bogeyed the 12th to drop into a three-way tie at -1 with Jim Furyk and David Toms. Tiger Woods has just moved into first at -2.
Colleyville resident and Oklahoma State alum Hunter Mahan shot +1 for his second round and is tied for 23rd at +3. Fort Worth native and Oklahoma alum Martin Flores has shot +2 through four holes and also is at +3.
Hunter Mahan was doing just fine Friday morning when he began Day 2 of the U.S, Open. He was even-par through his first four holes before a birdie on No. 5. Then he got to the sixth hole, a par-4 that he bogeyed on Day 1. This time he triple bogeyed it and his score dropped to +2 on the day, +4 on the tournament.
Mahan is still doing better than guys like Texas Longhorns golfer Jordan Spieth, who entered the U.S. Open as an alternate and is currently 7-over par.
Fort Worth native Cole Howard shot +10 on Day 1, so the situation could certainly be much worse for Mahan, who is at least in contention.
Michael Thompson still holds the lead after his performance on Thursday, with a 4-under par score off 66.
Michael Thompson is three strokes ahead of the pack - including Tiger Woods - at 4-under par - as the 2012 U.S. Open heads to the second round on Friday. The coverage starts with multi-platform coverage on ESPN at 11 a.m. CT, then shifts to a two-hour block on NBC before finishing the day back on the Worldwide Leader. In addition to the radio and streaming apps listed below, fans can also download the U.S. Open mobile app.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. CT - ESPN
2 - 4 p.m. CT - NBC
4 - 9 p.m. CT - ESPN
Radio: ESPNRadio.com - 12 - 7 p.m. CT
So far, the course at The Olympic Club hasn't been kind to golfers at the 2012 U.S. Open. Though the round is incomplete so far, only four golfers are under par on Thursday afternoon.
Michael Thompson currently sits atop the leaderboard, with a -3 score through his first 17 holes. David Toms is currently in second at -2 through 15. Jason Bohn and Tiger Woods are tied for third, at -1. No other golfer in the tournament is currently under par.
Woods clearly has been the highlight of his superstar pairing. Both Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson have struggled in the opening round of the U.S. Open. Mickelson is a staggering +6 through 16, while Watson is even worse, at +8. Both golfers will need a minor miracle to even get into contention.
A live leaderboard can be viewed at the U.S. Open's official website.
Two Americas currently sit atop the early leaderboard at the 2012 U.S. Open -- and no, it's not Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Kevin Na currently is tied atop the leaderboard with a score of -3 through his first nine holes. Na started on the back nine, so he'll head over to the front nine to finish his first round off.
Branden Grace also sits at -3 through his first nine holes, tied with Na.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who constituted a superstar pairing on Thursday, are all currently struggling. All three are through eight holes, and Woods currently sits at +1, while Watson and Mickelson are struggling at +4.
Along with Na and Grace, seven other golfers are under par in the early goings of the first round. Jason Bohn sits one stroke behind Na and Grace, at -2 through his first eight holes. A full leaderboard can be viewed here, at the U.S. Open's official website.
The final odds for the 2012 U.S. Open have been released, and as expected, Tiger Woods is the odds-on favorite to win the tournament at 6:1, followed closely by Rory McIlory at 8:1. Here's a look at the top favorites to take home the major:
Following Garcia, there are 11 golfers listed at 33:1, including Masters winner Bubba Watson, Padraig Harrington and Rickie Fowler.
While Woods occupies the top spot for almost every major, OddsShark profiled the betting heat around Lee Westwood, currently at 14:1, as a hot pick to win the major:
The world No. 3 golfer has 35 wins around the globe and after a couple of close calls at the US Open, Westwood could conquer the Olympic Club. At 12/1 odds, according to sportsbooks such as 5Dimes, he’s a good bet.
The 2012 U.S. Open beings Thursday morning on an immaculate track of land nestled between Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean. The toughest week in golf will be held at the Lake Course at The Olympic Club, a layout that rivals Oakmont for the most difficult setup in the Open rota.
The USGA is renowned for creating quirky and interesting groups, extrapolating out to find the most random or small commonalities to put three players together for the first two days. Local favorite Hunter Mahan will be playing alongside two more of the bright young stars of the game. Martin Kaymer was the best player in the world until he decided to alter his swing for the 2011 Masters and Justin Rose has been heralded as the next big thing in British golf for nearly 15 years (a potential which has come into full bloom over the past two seasons). Mahan, of course, is one of the top American golfers in the world and one of three two-time winners on Tour this year. Both Mahan and Rose captured the season's first two WGC events, and all three could be in contention on Sunday.
They will tee off the No. 9 tee at 4:25 p.m. ET in the afternoon wave. The USGA is using an atypical split-tee system for the first two days because of Olympic's layout. The No. 10 tee does not abut the clubhouse and the re-routing of fans to start players on that tee created a logistical problem. Thus, Mahan will go off No. 9 tee, which is located just below the men's locker room at Olympic.
The complete list of tee times and pairings for Thursday's first round is below. All times are Eastern.
Morning wave off No. 1 tee:
10:15 a.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
10:26 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
10:37 a.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
10:48 a.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
10:59 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
11:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
11:21 a.m.: Paul Casey, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
11:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
11:43 a.m.: Tim Clark Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
11:54 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
12:05 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
12:16 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
12:27 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard
Morning wave off No. 9 tee:
10 a.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
10:11 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
10:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
10:44 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
10:55 a.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
11:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
11:17 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
11:28 a.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
11:39 a.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
11:50 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
12:01 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
12:12 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith
Afternoon wave off No. 1 tee:
3:45 p.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
3:56 p.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
4:07 p.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
4:18 p.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
4:29 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
4:40 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
4:51 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
5:02 p.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
5:13 p.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
5:24 p.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
5:35 p.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
5:46 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
5:57 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney
Afternoon wave off No. 9 tee:
3:30 p.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
3:41 p.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
3:52 p.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
4:03 p.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
4:14 p.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Brandt Snedeker
4:25 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
4:36 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
4:47 p.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
4:58 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
5:09 p.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
5:20 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
5:31 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
5:42 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne
One person who hasn't lost faith in Tiger Woods over the last few years is the man Woods has spent his entire career chasing.
Jack Nicklaus, who won the last of his 16th majors at the age of 46, knows all about the mid-career struggles top golfers can go through.
In an interview with the Monterey Herald, Nicklaus cited Woods recent victory at the Memorial Tournament as proof that he still had what it takes to win the U.S. Open:
"If Tiger plays like he did at the Memorial, he'll be tough," Nicklaus said. "But there's also so many good players playing well right now. One thing's for sure -it's going to be a great tournament."
Since Tiger's 2008 U.S. Open victory, there have been 14 different winners in the last 14 majors.
As Nicklaus said, the field is as strong as ever, but no one golfer has emerged to take the reigns from Woods as he dealt with both injury and personal controversy in the last four years.
In case you haven't heard, the 2012 U.S. Open is set to begin on Thursday. Most likely, you've heard about how Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are part of a dream team pairing in Thursday's opening round.
What you might not have heard a lot about is the course at The Olympic Club, which is located in San Francisco, California. What you will probably hear about throughout the weekend is the monstrous 16th hole. The Par 5, 16th hole at The Olympic Club is a staggering 670 yards, something that will likely leave fans and golfers alike in awe.
It is, after all, the longest hole in U.S. Open history. Antonio Gonzalez of the AP has a bit more information on the hole.
If length weren't enough, the sharp dogleg left feels like a constant U-turn and the fairway narrows right at 300 yards.
The flag is often blind until the third shot, and ones that miss long or left will bounce even farther away because of the grass mowed razor-thin beyond the tiny green.
"The reason we did that is we really felt that would make it a true three-shotter," said USGA executive director Mike Davis, who oversees the course layout. "The wonderful thing about that hole is that from the back, if you miss any one of your shots, it's awful hard to catch up."
If you're only going to really sit back and enjoy one hole of golf this weekend, make sure that it's the 16th -- it'll certainly be something to behold.
The 2012 U.S. Open will finally get underway on Thursday, with a wide field of the world's very best golfers competing to take home the second Grand Slam title of the year. Local boy Hunter Mahan is in the mix of course, as is Masters winner Bubba Watson, defending U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy and every other big name you would expect.
The early odds have Mahan at 40/1 to win the entire tournament, which may sound bad but puts him well ahead of most of the field as far as oddsmakers are concerned. Tiger Woods remains the early favorite to win, at 6/1.
Here are the top odds to win the 2012 U.S. Open:
Tiger Woods 6/1
Lee Westwood 10/1
Luke Donald 12/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Dustin Johnson 25/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Matt Kuchar 28/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Jim Furyk 33/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
With Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to a rib injury, Texas Longhorns golfer Jordan Spieth will take his place in the field.
Spieth, two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion, just finished his freshman year at Texas and was the first alternate for the U.S. Open, after missing a short putt to lose in a playoff at the Houston sectional qualifier.
Also, Paul Casey withdrew from the Open with a shoulder injury, making a lane for 14-year-old Andy Zhang of China to become what officials believe to be the youngest player in championship history.
The narrative at the U.S. Open was already about the Tiger Woods being the favorite and paired with his longtime rival Phil Mickelson and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson, but now there's an extra compelling aspect to the story. Here's golf's toughest challenge going against a freshman alternate college golfer and a 14-year-old kid from China.
Aside from the local connections to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, the biggest headline is the pairing of Tiger Woods, with 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and Woods' longtime nemesis Phil Mickelson.
SB Nation's Brian Floyd details the scene, it's difficulties and the storylines in this piece. No question the biggest obstacle is Olympic itself, as Floyd notes that at a par of 70 -- 34 out and 36 in -- and a length of just over 7,100 yards, it plays both long and narrow. And at six holes on the course the fairway slopes the opposite direction of the track.
This is the toughest challenge for all of those competing, while at the same time gives anyone a chance because of its rigor and uncertainty. Of course, Rory McIlroy was able to dispute that idea with his 16-under par performance to win last year's tournament.
Read more on general golf news and analysis at Waggle Room.
Hunter Mahan will be paired up with Martin Kaymer And Justin Rose.
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