It has now been several months since the 2012 US Open concluded, with Webb Simpson winning the event despite shooting an overall score of one over par. It would be fair to say that this particular major tournament asks players much more different questions than any other competition on the calendar and this means that some weird and wonderful scores are generally posted. Now is the time to look at the best betting offers for the rest of the season.
In the end, Simpson won the event by just one shot – with Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson finishing in joint 2nd. Over five months on from this, we’ll no take a look at the top three players from the tournament and see if their season did kick on following their success.
Over the past few years many people have held high expectations for Simpson, who carved out a hugely successful career on the amateur circuit before turning professional in 2008. While he had never really come close to winning a major championship, he did have other successes to his name including several PGA Tour wins as well as the small matter of finishing 2nd on the money list for the tour.
Many thought that his slender chances in the US masters betting would provide him with the impetus to catapult him into even bigger success. However, it would be fair to say that his form has been dire since the tournament and while personal reasons were to blame for his absence in the British Open, his other results were poor to say the least. He was never in contention in the PGA Championship and missed the cut, while he blew a two stroke lead in the final round of the Greenbrier Classic. Bearing this in mind, it’s clear to see that while the US Open will have done wonders for Simpson’s CV, he still has a lot of work to do to become one of the world’s elite.
It could be said that much less pressure was on the shoulders of Graeme McDowell as he went into the final round of the US Open, as this is one player who has already experienced a fantastic amount of success. He’d already won the US Open two years previously, while he has appeared in the top ten world rankings on numerous occasions.
This past success appears to have helped McDowell respond positively following his impressive finish. He was in contention for the British Open up until the final day and will have been very happy with his final finish of 5th. He also finished just outside the top ten in the PGA Championship and while other tournaments were not quite as friendly, his performance in major events was overall exceptionally good.
Thompson is a player who comes from the same era as Simpson, although it has to be said that the latter is much more accomplished both on the amateur scene and now the professional circuit. Many people were amazed to see Thompson battling in the top places for the US Open and judging by recent results, it’s no surprise to see that a lot are suggesting that his performance was a mere flash in the pan. He has gone on to miss five cuts out of nine tournaments, while his best finish was 10th in The McGladrey Classic.