Simpson's 68 nets U.S. Open victory

Updated June 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 (UPI) -- Webb Simpson carded a 2-under-par 68 for the second straight day Sunday, rallying past Jim Furyk to claim the 112th U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic Club.

Simpson was in the clubhouse with a one-shot lead at 1-over 281 as third-round leader Furyk and Graeme McDowell each had a chance to force a playoff with a birdie on the 18th.

But Furyk ended up bogeying the final hole and McDowell settled for a par, making Simpson the fifth U.S. Open winner to come from behind at the San Francisco course for a victory.

McDowell ended with a round of 3-over 73, tying Michael Thompson (67) for second place at minus-1. Furyk (74) finished two back at 3-over 283.

Second-round co-leader Tiger Woods -- a two-time U.S. Open winner -- ended in a tie for 21st at plus-7 following a round of 3-over 73.

David Toms (68), Padraig Harrington (68), John Peterson (70) and Jason Dufner (70) shared fourth place at 3-over.

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