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2012 U.S. Open (golf)

The 2012 United States Open Championship was the 112th U.S. Open, played June 14–17 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Webb Simpson won his first major title, one stroke ahead of runners-up Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson.[4][5]

2012 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
DatesJune 14–17, 2012
LocationSan Francisco, California
Course(s)Olympic Club, Lake Course
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length7,170 yards (6,556 m)[1]
Field156 players, 72 after cut
Cut148 (+8)[2]
Prize fund$8,000,000
6,433,972
Winner's share$1,440,000
€1,158,115[3]
Champion
United States Webb Simpson
281 (+1)
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VenueEdit

This was the fifth U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, all played at the Lake Course. In 1955, unheralded Jack Fleck defeated Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff. In 1966, Billy Casper staged one of the greatest comebacks in U.S. Open history, erasing a seven-stroke deficit on the final nine holes to tie Arnold Palmer, then prevailed in an 18-hole playoff. In 1987, Scott Simpson won by a stroke over 8-time major winner Tom Watson. In 1998, Lee Janzen won his second U.S. Open, one stroke ahead of Payne Stewart.

Course layoutEdit

Olympic Club - Lake Course[1][6][7]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 520 428 247 438 498 489 288 200 449 3,557 424 430 451 199 419 154 670 522 344 3,613 7,170
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 34 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 5 4 36 70

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

 
 
San Francisco
Location in the United States
 
 
San Francisco
Location in California

One unique aspect of the course was that players began the first and second rounds on the 1st and 9th tees, rather than the 1st and 10th tees, as is typical.[8] This was due to the 8th green and 9th tee being located far closer to the clubhouse than the 10th tee.

Changes to cutsEdit

For 2012, the USGA changed the rule governing which players would make the cut after 36 holes. Now, only the top 60 players, plus those tied, would make the cut, instead of also including those players within ten strokes of the leader.[9]

FieldEdit

About half the field each year consists of players who are fully exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open. The players who have qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open are listed below. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.[10]

The qualification categories changed substantially in 2012. Seven categories (9 and 11 to 16, from 2011) were eliminated. These categories exempted top finishers on the money lists of various tours and multiple PGA Tour winners. Three categories were added (3, 4, and 9 below), for the winners of The Amateur Championship, the Mark H. McCormack Medal, and the BMW PGA Championship. Two categories were expanded (13 and 14 below), to include the top 60 instead of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

1. Last 10 U.S. Open Champions

Ángel Cabrera (5), Michael Campbell, Jim Furyk (13,14), Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen, Graeme McDowell (13,14), Rory McIlroy (11,13,14), Geoff Ogilvy (12,13,14), Tiger Woods (7,13,14)

2. Top two finishers in the 2011 U.S. Amateur

Patrick Cantlay (a,4)

3. Winner of the 2011 British Amateur
4. Winner of the 2011 Mark H. McCormack Medal
5. Last five Masters Champions

Trevor Immelman, Phil Mickelson (12,13,14), Charl Schwartzel (11,13,14), Bubba Watson (12,13,14)

6. Last five British Open Champions

Stewart Cink, Pádraig Harrington (7), Louis Oosthuizen (11,13,14)

7. Last five PGA Champions

Keegan Bradley (12,13,14), Martin Kaymer (13,14), Y. E. Yang (11,12)

8. Last three Players Champions

K. J. Choi (12,13,14), Tim Clark, Matt Kuchar (12,13,14)

9. Winner of the 2012 BMW PGA Championship

Luke Donald (12,13,14)

10. The U.S. Senior Open Champion

Olin Browne

11. Top 10 finishers and ties in the 2011 U.S. Open

Kevin Chappell, Jason Day (12,13,14), Sergio García (13,14), Robert Garrigus, Peter Hanson (13,14), Lee Westwood (13,14)

12. All players qualifying for the 2011 edition of The Tour Championship

Aaron Baddeley (13,14), Jonathan Byrd (13,14), Jason Dufner (13,14), Bill Haas (13,14), Charles Howell III, Fredrik Jacobson (13,14), Dustin Johnson (13,14), Hunter Mahan (13,14), Chez Reavie, Justin Rose (13,14), Adam Scott (13,14), John Senden (13,14), Webb Simpson (13,14), Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker (13,14), David Toms (13,14), Bo Van Pelt (13,14), Nick Watney (13,14), Mark Wilson (13,14), Gary Woodland

13. Top 60 on the Official World Golf Ranking list as of May 21, 2012[15]

Bae Sang-moon (14), Thomas Bjørn (14), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (14), Nicolas Colsaerts (14), Ben Crane (14), Simon Dyson (14), Ernie Els (14), Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (14), Rickie Fowler (14), Anders Hansen (14), Ryo Ishikawa, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Zach Johnson (14), Robert Karlsson (14), Kim Kyung-tae (14), Martin Laird (14), Francesco Molinari (14), Kevin Na (14), Carl Pettersson (14), Ian Poulter (14), Álvaro Quirós (14), Robert Rock (14), Kyle Stanley (14)

14. Top 60 on the Official World Golf Ranking list as of June 11, 2012[18]

Branden Grace, Spencer Levin

15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

None

Sectional qualifiers[19]
Alternates who gained entry

(a) denotes amateur
(L) denotes player advanced through local qualifying

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To Par Finish
Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 2010 69 72 68 73 282 +2 T2
Jim Furyk   United States 2003 70 69 70 74 283 +3 T4
Ernie Els   South Africa 1994, 1997 75 69 68 72 284 +4 9
Retief Goosen   South Africa 2001, 2004 75 70 69 71 285 +5 T10
Tiger Woods   United States 2000, 2002, 2008 69 70 75 73 287 +7 T21
Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 2007 72 76 69 75 292 +12 T46

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Lucas Glover   United States 2009 76 73 149 +9
Geoff Ogilvy   Australia 2006 76 74 150 +10
Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 2011 77 73 150 +10
Michael Campbell   New Zealand 2005 79 74 153 +13

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (88) South America (1) Europe (36) Oceania (11) Asia (12) Africa (8)
  Canada (1)   Argentina (1)   England (9)   Australia (9)   China (1)   South Africa (8)
  United States (87)   Northern Ireland (2)   Fiji (1)   Japan (4)
  Scotland (2)   New Zealand (1)   South Korea (7)
  Ireland (2)
  Belgium (1)
  Denmark (3)
  Finland (1)
  France (2)
  Germany (2)
  Italy (2)
  Spain (5)
  Sweden (5)

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Michael Thompson   United States 66 −4
T2 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 69 −1
Justin Rose   England
David Toms   United States
Nick Watney   United States
Tiger Woods   United States
T7 Jason Bohn   United States 70 E
Jim Furyk   United States
Beau Hossler (a)   United States
Robert Karlsson   Sweden
Matt Kuchar   United States
Park Jae-bum   South Korea
Ian Poulter   England
Alistair Presnell   Australia

Source:[20]

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 15, 2012

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jim Furyk   United States 70-69=139 −1
David Toms   United States 69-70=139
Tiger Woods   United States 69-70=139
T4 Nicolas Colsaerts   Belgium 72-69=141 +1
Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 69-72=141
John Peterson   United States 71-70=141
Michael Thompson   United States 66-75=141
8 Blake Adams   United States 72-70=142 +2
T9 K. J. Choi   South Korea 73-70=143 +3
Jason Dufner   United States 72-71=143
Beau Hossler (a)   United States 70-73=143
Fredrik Jacobson   Sweden 72-71=143
Raphaël Jacquelin   France 72-71=143
Matt Kuchar   United States 70-73=143
Hunter Mahan   United States 72-71=143
Charl Schwartzel   South Africa 73-70=143
Aaron Watkins   United States 72-71=143

Source:[21]

Amateurs: Hossler (+3), Spieth (+8), Cantlay (+8), Sanchez (+9), Wilson (+14), Koepka (+14), Zhang (+17), Sherwood (+18)

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jim Furyk   United States 70-69-70=209 −1
Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 69-72-68=209
3 Fredrik Jacobson   Sweden 72-71-68=211 +1
T4 Blake Adams   United States 72-70-70=212 +2
Nicolas Colsaerts   Belgium 72-69-71=212
Ernie Els   South Africa 75-69-68=212
Lee Westwood   England 73-72-67=212
T8 Kevin Chappell   United States 74-71-68=213 +3
Jason Dufner   United States 72-71-70=213
Beau Hossler (a)   United States 70-73-70=213
John Peterson   United States 71-70-72=213
John Senden   Australia 72-73-68=213
Webb Simpson   United States 72-73-68=213

Source:[22]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Webb Simpson   United States 72-73-68-68=281 +1 1,440,000
T2 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 69-72-68-73=282 +2 695,916
Michael Thompson   United States 66-75-74-67=282
T4 Jason Dufner   United States 72-71-70-70=283 +3 276,841
Jim Furyk   United States 70-69-70-74=283
Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 74-70-71-68=283
John Peterson   United States 71-70-72-70=283
David Toms   United States 69-70-76-68=283
9 Ernie Els   South Africa 75-69-68-72=284 +4 200,280
T10 Kevin Chappell   United States 74-71-68-72=285 +5 163,594
Retief Goosen   South Africa 75-70-69-71=285
John Senden   Australia 72-73-68-72=285
Lee Westwood   England 73-72-67-73=285
Casey Wittenberg   United States 71-77-67-70=285

Source:[23][24]

Amateurs: Spieth (+7), Hossler (+9), Cantlay (+11)

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 5 4
  Simpson +3 +4 +4 +4 +5 +4 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
  McDowell −1 −1 E E +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +2 +1 +2 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2
  Thompson +5 +5 +5 +5 +4 +4 +3 +3 +4 +4 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2
  Dufner +3 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +3
  Furyk −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 E E E E E E E +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +3
  Harrington +5 +6 +6 +6 +6 +7 +6 +5 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +3
  Peterson +4 +4 +3 +4 +4 +4 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +4 +3 +3
  Toms +5 +5 +5 +5 +6 +6 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[25]

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