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Simpson Outlasts McDowell, Thompson To Win U.S. Open

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Webb Simpson of the US holds his championship trophy after winning the 112th US Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club on June 17, 2012 in California. Simpson came from four shots back to win the title overtaking a bunch of big names to win his first major title. The 26-year-old from North Carolina, in just his second US Open, battled back from two early bogeys to grab four birdies in five holes from the sixth and then parred his way down the rest of the back nine for a gripping win. (credit:  FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

Webb Simpson of the US holds his championship trophy after winning the 112th US Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club on June 17, 2012 in California. Simpson came from four shots back to win the title overtaking a bunch of big names to win his first major title. The 26-year-old from North Carolina, in just his second US Open, battled back from two early bogeys to grab four birdies in five holes from the sixth and then parred his way down the rest of the back nine for a gripping win. (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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