Simpson outlasted Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell for one of the most entertaining U.S. Open’s in recent memory. Simpson scored a 68 on both rounds over the weekend and was the only player in the last nine pairings on Sunday to be under-par. He made several incredible shots and putts in the last round to win his first Major championship.
The 26-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina turned pro in 2008. Since that time, he has made the cut in four out of five majors. Simpson has made 72 cuts in his professional career and $11,305,187 in earnings. Out of his 72 cuts he has finished in the top 10 23 times and won the tournament he participated in only three times.
Simpson’s breakout season came last year in which he made the cut in 23 out of 26 events and placed in the top 10 12 times. He also made a whopping $6,347,354 in tournament earnings, $4,124,718 more than his previous three years as a pro (he did not make any money in earnings in 2008).
Clearly, Simpson is off to a great start in 2012. He has made the cut in both major tournaments this season (he placed 44th at The Masters Tournament) and has already finished in the top 10 in five out of his 14 opportunities. The only two cuts he failed to make were THE Players Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Simpson’s 2012 PGA Tour Rankings are as follows:
Money List: $2,735,197(9th)
Birdies Per Round: 4.10 (1st)
Eagles Per Hole: 144.0 (33rd)
Driving Distance Yards Per: 285.8 (112th)
Putting Per Hole: 1.716 (1st)
Driving Accuracy: 57.0% (120th)
Greens Hit in Regulation: 66.9% (21st)
Sand Saves: 44.3% (140th)
Total Driving: 112 (152nd)
Due to his U.S. Open win at Olympic Golf Championship, Simpson now ranks No. 5 in the world with an average of 6.66 points, which is by far the highest he has ever been in his short career. He finished 2011 at No. 10 and was No. 14 last week in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Simpson may have not been a household name before this past weekend but there is no doubt fans will be hearing more of him. He has been an upcoming player for the past couple seasons and looks to continue getting better throughout the rest of 2012. It will be exciting to see how good he will become after finally getting that first Major victory under his belt.