Former Wake Forest University star wins US Open
Webb Simpson, right, shakes hand with Tiger Woods on the 18th green following their first round of the Wells Fargo Championship. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO — Former Wake Forest University golf star 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.
Credit: The Associated Press.