How it happened: Simpson wins U.S. Open

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Webb Simpson fired a 2-under 68 Sunday, using a solid round of golf to clear Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by a single stroke to win the U.S. Open for his first major title of his career.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods was 4 over thru four holes on Sunday, managing to recover a bit to fire a 3-over 73 and finish at 7 over and tied for 21st. His major drought now reaches more than four years, with his last one coming at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Jim Furyk held the lead for much of Sunday, but bogeys at Nos. 13, 16 and 18 sealed his fate.

We tracked the Open to keep you up-to-date on the leaderboard - check it out for a recap on the final round at Olympic!

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Update #29, 10:28 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell misses a birdie opportunity on No. 18 and finishes second at 2 over. Jim Furyk bogeys the hole to finish at 3 over.

Webb Simpson, in the clubhouse, is the winner at 1 over.

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Update #28, 10:13 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell makes a clutch putt on No. 17 to remain at 2 over. Jim Furyk makes par as well, also remaining at 2 over. Both players are one shot behind Webb Simpson, who's in the clubhouse.

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Update #27, 10:00 p.m. EDT

A bogey on No. 16 causes Jim Furyk to relinquish his shared lead, moving to 2 over. Graeme McDowell remains at 3 over, two shots behind Webb Simpson in the clubhouse.

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Update #26, 9:50 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk bogeys No. 13 and pars 14. He's 1 over, tied with Webb Simpson, the leader in the clubhouse.

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Update #25, 9:02 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk holes a lengthy par putt on No. 12 to maintain his one-shot lead. Graeme McDowell, faced with a similar line as Furyk's putt, holes his lengthy birdie putt to pull within one shot of Furyk.

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Update #25, 8:47 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell birdies No. 11 to move to 2 over.

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Update #24, 8:42 p.m. EDT

Beau Hossler birdies No. 14 to move to 6 over.

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Update #24, 8:35 p.m. EDT

Michael Thompson finished at 2 over, just two strokes off the lead set by Jim Furyk, who's through 10 holes. A birdie and four-straight pars on the back nine put John Peterson tied for third with Thompson.

A birdie on No. 12 causes Ernie Els to pull within two shots of the lead, joining Thompson and peterson.

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Update #23, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson birdies No. 10 to move to 1 over. In sole possession of second, Simpson is one shot off Jim Furyk's lead.

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Update #22, 7:54 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods has a birdie on No. 14 to move to 8 over.

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Update #22, 7:54 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell misses a birdie opportunity to remain at 2 over.

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Update #21, 7:29 p.m. EDT

On No. 6 Jim Furyk has a bogey to move to even, while Graeme McDowell has a bogey to move to 2 over.

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Update #21, 7:29 p.m. EDT

John Peterson birdies No. 10 to move into solo fourth at 2 over. Beau Hossler birdies No. 9 to move to 5 over.

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Update #20, 7:13 p.m. EDT

Beau Hossler bogeys No. 8 to move to 6 over. After losing his ball in a tree, Lee Westwood makes double-bogey on No. 5 to move to 4 over. John Senden birdies No. 7 to move to 2 over.

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Update #19, 7:03 p.m. EDT

Beau Hossler birdies No. 7 to get back to 5 over.

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Update #18, 6:54 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi has an eagle on No. 17 to move to 6 over.

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Update #17, 6:50 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell bogeys the third hole to move to even, one shot behind Jim Furyk's lead.

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Update #16, 6:45 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk nearly birdies No. 3. He makes par to remain tied for the lead at 1 under.

Tiger Woods birdies No. 8 to move to 9 over.

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Update #15, 6:35 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell open up with pars to remain at 1 under.

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Update #14, 6:26 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods makes another bogey on No. 6, moving to 10 over.

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Update #13, 6:18 p.m. EDT

Beau Hossler misses his par putt on the fourth hole to make another bogey and fall to 5 over.

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Update #12, 6:10 p.m. EDT

Lee Westwood bogeys the first hole to move to 3 over. On the ninth hole, Adam Scott has a birdie to move to 6 over.

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Update #11, 6:00 p.m. EDT

Beau Hossler bogeys the third hole to move to 4 over.

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Update #10, 5:55 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Colsaerts bogeys the first hole to move to 3 over.

Michael Thompson birdies No. 7 to move to 3 over. On the fifth hole, Tiger Woods has a bogey, which moves him to 9 over.

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Update #9, 5:50 p.m. EDT

Retief Goosen birdies the third hole to move to 4 over.

Beau Hossler gets up-and-down from a bunker on No. 2 to remain at 3 over. On the same hole, Jason Dufner misses a tricky downhill par putt to move to 4 over.

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Update #8, 5:45 p.m. EDT

John Peterson birdies the par-3 third hole to move to 3 over.

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Update #7, 5:40 p.m. EDT

Amateur Jordan Spieth birdies No. 9 to move to 6 over for the tournament.

Tiger makes his first par of the day on the par-4 fourth hole.

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Update #6, 5:36 p.m. EDT

Beau Hossler and Jason Dufner open with a pair of pars on No. 1 to each remain T8 at 3 over.

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No. 3, Par 3, 247 yards

Off the tee: Tiger misses the green short and right.

Around the green: Tiger's ball is sitting down in the rough. His pitch rolls off the back-left edge of the green - the hole is cut middle right.

He gets too underneath this third shot, leaving himself with a long putt for bogey.

• On the green: Tiger misses his bogey putt and makes a double.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (thru 3 holes; 8 over for the tournament)

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No. 2, Par 4, 428 yards

That was not the ideal way to start his final round, but Tiger Woods knows that those teeing off after him will play under the same conditions.

Off the tee: Tiger uses 3-iron and finds the fairway off the tee, a must at the par-4 2nd hole.

Approach shot: Tiger has 175 yards to the green, with an impossible hole location in the back right. He attacks it, but finds the back bunker and is staring at the potential of another bogey if he can't get up-and-down.

Around the green: Tiger splashes his ball out of the bunker, but fails to land it close to the pin.

On the green: Tiger's steep uphill par putt breaks to the right. He taps in for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (thru 2 holes; 6 over for the tournament)

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No. 1, Par 4, 520 yards

Tiger Woods is wearing all black, with his typical red shirt peaking through the top of his sweater, as temperatures are a bit chilly with a dense marine layer still hovering overhead. Tiger has only broken 70 in the final round of the U.S. Open four times in 13 tries, also posting rounds of 76 (2004), a 75 (2010) and three 73s (1998, 2007, 2008).

Off the tee: With 3-wood in hand, Tiger rips it down the fairway, but starts it too far right and finds the rough, and will have a tough angle into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger has to hammer it out of the rough and comes up about 105 yards short of the green. He'll need to get up-and-down from there to avoid dropping another stroke back.

Third shot: Tiger puts it on the green, about 22 feet under the flag. He missed a handful of par saves on Saturday of the same distance.

On the green: A right-to-left breaker, Tiger misses the par putt about two inches to the right and settles for an opening bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (thru 1 hole; 5 over for the tournament)

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Update #5: 1:29 p.m. PDT

The final three holes at Olympic Club will play a major part in this championship, and the toughest of those three, the par-5 16th hole, has been softened a bit on Sunday.

From the USGA: Hole No. 16 will play at 569 yards, with "tee markers are moved up roughly 100 yards; players will be forced to make a decision off the tee: hit a driver and turn it aggressively right to left or lay back with a shorter club; in order to reach the green area in two shots, the player must aggressively curve two shots right to left; the hole location is front left, just above the run-up to the green; putts from the middle of the green will be very fast."

Through three rounds, the par 5 is playing at 5.41 strokes, including 21 double-bogeys.

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Update #4: 1:25 p.m. PDT

The weather could be a factor this afternoon. This from the USGA:

"The forecast for today is vastly more complicated than the last two days. Although the majority of the Bay Area stayed mostly clear overnight, low clouds are rapidly building at this hour just offshore from The Olympic Club. Mostly sunny and hazy this morning, but some low clouds may mix with sunshine around mid-morning.

"The balance of the midday hours are expected to be mostly sunny through late afternoon, while low clouds with fog/mist possibly may gather strength over the Pacific. Look for the transition from sunshine to low clouds with fog/mist possible to occur between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with hopefully the thickest clouds waiting until after sunset. The winds will be 6–12 m.p.h. out of the southwest."

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Update #3: 1:12 p.m. PDT

Phil Mickelson, while he made the cut, is still sputtering, now at 11 over for the tournament, currently 3 over thru 7 holes on Sunday.

Hunter Mahan is inching toward the top 10, sitting at 1 under for the day and has moved to 5 over for the tournament. Mahan is one of three players to win twice on Tour this season. Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner are the others.

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Update #2: 1:09 p.m. PDT

The race for low-amateur is one of the storylines in the ether today, with Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth and overnight star Beau Hossler vying for the honor.

Cantlay and Spieth are on the course and are currently T-38 at 8 over. Cantlay (thru 8 holes) is 1 under on Sunday, while Spieth (thru 2 holes) is 1 over.

Hossler will tee off with Jason Dufner at 2:20 p.m. PDT, only four shots off the lead at 3 over.

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Update #1: 12:37 p.m. PDT

This might not be a good omen for anyone looking to make a move in the afternoon, as there are only three players under par in the little over 3 hours since the first tee time. K.J. Choi, Zach Johnson and Morgan Hoffmann are all 1 under on their rounds.

There are also some sideways numbers out there, with Rickie Fowler 4 over thru 5 holes, the same as Matteo Manassero.

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2012 U.S. Open: Third-round coverage

Perfect timing: John Peterson's first ace couldn't have come on a better day. Story

The contenders: Ideal scoring conditions on Saturday helped many players make up ground on the leaderboard. Story

It could happen: Any number of scenarios could play out Sunday at the U.S. Open -- some are just more interesting than others. Story

Anyone's ballgame: Making predictions for the final round of the U.S. Open is an exercise in futility. On this course and with this leaderboard, nearly anything can happen. Story

In contention: Lee Westwood has the chance to erase the title of "best player never to have won a major" on Sunday at the U.S. Open. Story

Just win, baby: Beau Hossler might have a baby face but his game is mature enough. The 17-year-old has a new goal: win the U.S. Open. Story

Long and short of it: Holes No. 15 and 16 at Olympic Club were thrilling in their contrast on Saturday. The mammoth 16th is old news, but a 107-yard par 3? That's worth a second glance at the yardage book. Story

Inside the numbers: Amateur Patrick Cantlay is one of 31 players to make the cut in both the Masters and U.S. Open in 2012. We take a dive inside the numbers through 36 holes. Story.

Tee times: Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk will tee off in the last pairing at 3:05 p.m. PDT. Pairings.

Burning questions: Can Jim Furyk or David Toms really handle Tiger Woods? Who should you look out for on Saturday? Our staff debates 5 burning questions . . . 5 Things.

Calculated risk: Charl Schwartzel is willing to put his health and career in semi-jeopardy to compete this weekend at The Olympic Club. Story.

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2012 U.S. Open: Second-round coverage

Just like old times: Despite the Hollywood buzz and huge galleries surrounding the Open's rock-star group, one player emerged in a league of his own - Tiger Woods, simply reminiscent of old times. Story.

Sneaking in: Phil Mickelson's birdie on the par-3 eighth to close his second round got him under the cutline, which fell at 8 over at the end of Friday. Others, including Vijay Singh and Dustin Johnson, weren't so lucky. Story.

Beau-dacious: At 17, Beau Hossler never expected to be leading a U.S. Open. But, for a short time, the world took notice of a teenager maturing before our eyes. Story.

Ambassador of awards: What’s a major championship without a few well-deserved awards? Jim Achenbach doles out titles to players including Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner, among others. Story.

Made for this: Aside from Tiger Woods, when it comes to U.S. Open golf, perhaps no one in the field at Olympic is as dependable as Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk. Story.

Hanging around: Ernie Els may have shot 1-under 69 Friday, but the veteran, playing in his 20th U.S. Open, was just glad to get through Friday's round at Olympic. Story.

'Doesn't come easy:' Defending U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy won't be around for the weekend at Olympic after missing the cut for the fourth time in his past five starts. Story.

In the hunt: Steve Stricker has a solid U.S. Open track record, but has never finished better than T-13. Could his strong finish Friday, which has him at 4 over, change that? Story.

Take notice: Don't look now, but Nicolas Colsaerts' stock is steadily rising. The Belgian claimed one of six sub-par rounds in the morning wave at Olympic Club. Story.

Nothing to lose: John Peterson has never been short on opinions, but he let his game do the talking on Friday as he vaulted into contention at the U.S. Open. Story.

Prolonged ouch: Nos. 1-6 at Olympic Club are a different kind of difficult. They're so bad, in fact, that the 156-man U.S. Open field played them in 410-over par on Thursday. Story

Burning questions: There are plenty of storylines to watch on Friday at the U.S. Open - including how Michael Thompson will hold up as a leader - so we debated five that will be prevalent as the cut is made at Olympic Club. Story

Outside the spotlight: Tiger Woods is so close to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, it's distracting. Alex Miceli lists a handful of other scenarios that are just as entertaining. Story

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2012 U.S. Open: First-round coverage

Eclectic mix: Where else but the U.S. Open can a Cinderella player like Alistair Presnell contend alongside a teenager, a former amateur star and a Champions tour player? Story

Cool hand Casey: Casey Martin is just an everyday guy, back for his second U.S. Open at Olympic Club. On Thursday, he turned a round headed for the 80s into a respectable 74. Story

Hardly glamorous: The collective performance of Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald on Thursday at Olympic Club was uninspiring at best. Said Donald, "It shows how tough it is." Story

Attitude adjustment: Patience at the U.S. Open is important, but a good attitutude is crucial in this game. Story

Stark contrast: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson played decidedly different opening rounds Thursday at Olympic Club. Mickelson was a story of duck-and-cover, while Woods excelled in his conservatism. Story

A dose of reality: Andy Zhang, 14, had some bad (two doubles and a triple), some good (two birdies) and a lot of nerves as he played his first round in a major championship. Story

Resume building: At 17, could Beau Hossler possibly be considered a U.S. Open veteran? After some sound advice from a few Tour sages, the kid is playing like one. Story

Running the gauntlet: The opening holes at The Olympic Club are earning a nasty reputation, but a case can be made that it's no easier for players starting at No. 9. Story

Woven into history: It's been 57 years since Jack Fleck took down Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open. At 90, he's returned to Olympic, the venue that produced his proudest moment. Story

Forgetful start: The opening No. 9 hole has proven tough for competitors so far at the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. Story

Having fun with it: Playing in his first major as a professional, second-year PGA Tour player Michael Thompson shot 66 to take the early lead. Story

Tiger Tracker: Round 1 at the U.S. Open. Story

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