2012 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 14–17, 2012|
|Location||San Francisco, California|
|Course(s)||Olympic Club, Lake Course|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,170 yards (6,556 m)|
|Field||156 players, 72 after cut|
|Cut||148 (+8) |
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.
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.
Lengths of the course for previous major championships:
- 6,797 yards (6,215 m), par 70 - 1998 U.S. Open
- 6,709 yards (6,135 m), par 70 - 1987 U.S. Open
- 6,719 yards (6,144 m), par 70 - 1966 U.S. Open
- 6,700 yards (6,126 m), par 70 - 1955 U.S. Open
Changes to cuts
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.
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.
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)
3. Winner of the 2011 British Amateur
4. Winner of the 2011 Mark H. McCormack Medal
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
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)
- Paul Lawrie (ranked 40) decided not to play.
- Paul Casey (ranked 54) withdrew after a shoulder injury.
15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
- Japan: Hiroyuki Fujita, Brendan Jones, Lee Dong-hwan, Park Jae-bum, Tadahiro Takayama, Toru Taniguchi
- Europe: Matthew Baldwin, Grégory Bourdy, George Coetzee, Mikko Ilonen, Raphaël Jacquelin, Søren Kjeldsen, Peter Lawrie, Matteo Manassero, Alexander Norén, Lee Slattery, Marc Warren
- U.S.: Blake Adams, Michael Allen, Stephen Ames, Shane Bertsch, Matt Bettencourt, Tommy Biershenk, Jason Bohn, Roberto Castro, Alex Čejka, Paul Claxton, Jeff Curl, Joe Durant, Bob Estes, Martin Flores, Brian Gaffney, Brice Garnett, Hunter Haas, James Hahn, Hunter Hamrick, Brian Harman, Jim Herman, Tim Herron, Morgan Hoffmann, Beau Hossler (a), Cole Howard, Brooks Koepka (a), Scott Langley, Steve LeBrun, Edward Loar, Davis Love III, Bill Lunde, Steve Marino, Casey Martin, David Mathis, Mark McCormick, Dennis Miller, Jesse Mueller, Joe Ogilvie, Sam Osborne, Rod Pampling, John Peterson, Scott Piercy, D. A. Points, Alistair Presnell, Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Nick Sherwood (a), Scott Smith, Darron Stiles, Kevin Streelman, Anthony Summers, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Aaron Watkins, Tim Weinhart, Charlie Wi, Cameron Wilson (a), Casey Wittenberg
- Justin Hicks, Colt Knost, Kyle Thompson took spots reserved for players exempt in category 14.
- Jordan Spieth (a) replaced Brandt Snedeker.
- Andy Zhang (a) replaced Paul Casey. At 14, Zhang became the youngest golfer to compete in the U.S. Open since at least World War II.
Note: Alternates are drawn from the sectional qualifiers.
- (a) denotes amateur
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Lucas Glover||United States||2009||76||73||149||+9|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||2011||77||73||150||+10|
|Michael Campbell||New Zealand||2005||79||74||153||+13|
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|1||Michael Thompson||United States||66||–4|
|T2||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||69||–1|
|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|
|Matt Kuchar||United States|
|Park Jae-bum||South Korea|
Friday, June 15, 2012
|T1||Jim Furyk||United States||70-69=139||–1|
|David Toms||United States||69-70=139|
|Tiger Woods||United States||69-70=139|
|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|
|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|
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|T1||Jim Furyk||United States||70-69-70=209||–1|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||69-72-68=209|
|T4||Blake Adams||United States||72-70-70=212||+2|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||75-69-68=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|
|Webb Simpson||United States||72-73-68=213|
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|
|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|
|Casey Wittenberg||United States||71-77-67-70=285|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
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- Official website – 2012 U.S. Open
- Coverage on the PGA Tour's official site
- Coverage on the European Tour's official site
- United States Golf Association
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2012 Open Championship