And the winner is… Webb Simpson – U.S. Open Champion!

What a great tournament!  And what a tough course.  For only the third time in the last 35 years that the champion’s score was above par.  That is not an indication of the skill level of the players.  It is an indictment on the difficulty of the Olympic Course in San Francisco, which hosted the tournament for the 5th time.  Of the five, only 2 champions have won with scores under par, one even and 2 over par.

As I watched the rounds go by, and the scores climb up, I imagined what score I would piece together on such a tough course – It may take me 4 days to complete 1 round! So on Sunday, I enjoyed a couple drinks of Arnold Palmer half and half, then watched Webb Simpson win the title, unaware of the connection between the two.

the 2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson

There sure was a lot of intrigue and entertainment value in the rounds that I watched (Saturday and Sunday).  There is a lot of talk about how no one would be interested by the end as Tiger Woods fell out of competition.  I found myself rooting for Michael Thompson, who finished third, largely because he was proclaimed a “surprise leader who would likely not be around at the end” on Friday – and because I blogged about him earlier in the week, and I was also excited to see  Simpson, another golfer I blogged about a month ago, come back into the picture, and eventually, of course, claim the title.  You can read the posts I wrote about them by clicking on their names above

With Webb Simpson winning this time around, and Bubba Watson winning the Master’s a couple months ago, it is exciting to see these up and coming golfers making a name for themselves, and using their budding fame and success to share the importance God plays in their lives.  I can’t wait until the British Open to see what happens!  Tune back in then to find more stories of faith on the PGA tour.

And a final quick update on the others I blogged about this week.  K.J. Choi had a great final round shooting a -1 to climb to a tie for 15th,  Kevin Streelman shot a +5 on the day to finish in 60th and Michael Thompson turned things back around and finished tied for 2nd, 1 shot back with the low round of the day (-3).



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