2012 U.S. Open (golf)

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2012 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 14–17, 2012
Location San Francisco, California
Course(s) Olympic Club, Lake Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,170 yards (6,556 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 72 after cut
Cut 148 (+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)

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]

Venue[edit]

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 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 layout[edit]

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:

Changes to cuts[edit]

For 2012, the USGA changed the rule in which a number of players would make the cut after 36 holes. The top 60 players, plus those tied, would make the cut, instead of also including those within ten strokes of the leader.[8]

Field[edit]

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.[9]

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[14]
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[17]
Branden Grace, Spencer Levin

15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
None

Sectional qualifiers[18]

Alternates

Note: Alternates are drawn from the sectional qualifiers.

  • (a) denotes amateur

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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 cut[edit]

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

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

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 round[edit]

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 round[edit]

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 round[edit]

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)

Scorecard[edit]

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
United States Simpson +3 +4 +4 +4 +5 +4 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
Northern Ireland McDowell –1 –1 E E +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +2 +1 +2 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2
United States Furyk –1 –1 –1 –1 –1 E E E E E E E +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[25]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
2012 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
2012 Open Championship

Coordinates: 37°42′32″N 122°29′42″W / 37.709°N 122.495°W / 37.709; -122.495