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ANDY FYERS
Last updated 14:25 18/06/2012

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14:30 So it's a first major for 26-year-old American Webb Simpson. He posted back-to-back 68s over the weekend to finish one-over par for the tournament and then watched from the clubhouse as Jim Furyk surrendered his lead over the final holes.

14:29 McDowell and Thompson finish tied for second at two-over par.

14:26 Furyk puts out for bogey and finishes three-over. He dropped three shots in the last six holes.

14:25 And it misses! Webb Simpson is the US Open champion.

14:24 So it all comes down to McDowell's putt. A 24-footer. He makes and there will be a playoff, he misses it and Simpson wins.

14:23 He recovers nicely though. Puts it next to the pin and should make bogey.

14:22 Oh dear. Furyk sprays his bunker shot across the green and into another bunker.

14:21 Heartbreak for Furyk who held his nerve and the lead for most of the final round. He sinks to his haunches.

14:20 No such luck for Furyk. He finds the bunker. That could be it for him. He'll need a miracle to make birdie now.

14:18 McDowell gives himself a chance. He finds the green with his second. It will take some putt to make birdie though.

14:17 The 18th is a 344-yard par-four.

14:16 They find an almost identical spot with their tee shots on the right-hand side of the fairway.

14:15 McDowell has birdied 18 twice this week. But it hasn't been that kind to everyone. Only 55 birdies all tournament.

14:13 As can Furyk who sinks his par putt. It all comes down to the 18th. Can McDowell or Furyk force a playoff? They'll need a birdie to do so. Or an eagle to win outright.

14:12 And he nails it! McDowell is back in the hunt at two-under. He can force a playoff with a birdie at the last.

14:11 And he leaves it short. It was on line but not hard enough. Leaves himself a two-footer for par. Meanwhile McDowell has a makeable birdie chance on 17.

14:10 Furyk finds the green with this third from the bunker on 17. Leaves himself a 20-metre putt for birdie.

14:09 Nervous times for Simpson who can only look on from the clubhouse. He's in a great position though. It's hard to see Furyk picking up two shots in two holes. So at the very worst he's looking at a playoff.

14:05 Not looking likely now. He finds the bunker 40 yards from the pin with his second. McDowell follows suit, also putting his second into the bunker.

14:05 There's also been 12 eagles. How Furyk would love make that 13 right now.

14:03 17 is a 522-yard par-5. The stats would suggest it is very birdie-able. There's been 152 birdies made on 17 so far this week, compared 245 pars and 40 bogeys.

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14:02 Furyk has two holes to make a birdie and force a playoff. He finds the fairway with his tee shot on 17.

14:00 Meanwhile, McDowell holes out for a par on 16, stays at three-over par.

13:58 Furyk makes bogey. Webb Simpson is the new outright leader.

13:56 Meanwhile Eels bogeys the 18th to finish four-over for the tournament.

13:55 Great effort from Furyk but it misses just right of the pin. Work to do to make bogey still.

13:54 Furyk pulls out the pitching wedge. The ball is actually just off the green about 15 metres from the hole.

13:51 Furyk will need something special to save par now. His fourth shot finishes on the front edge of the green. Very difficult putt for par. Simpson is in the box seat.

13:49 Simpson sinks it. Great up and down for par and the clubhouse lead. That could soon be the outright lead. Furyk is 112 yards from the hole on the par-5 16th and about to play his fourth shot.

13:47 Shot! Simpson puts it three feet from the hole. He needs that for par and the clubhouse lead at one-over par.

13:47 Simpson is taking his time over his chip out of the rough next to the green.

13:44 Meanwhile, Jim Furyk is big in trouble on 16. He's in the trees off the tee and his view of the green is obscured. He chips out on to the fairway and has some work to do to save par.

13:42 Simpson just misses the bunker on 18 with his second. He's in the rough though.

13:37 Pars for both Furyk and McDowell on 15. Three holes to play.

13:35 Great effort, but it comes up just short. It was right on line but needed to be a fraction harder. Furyk misses an equally tough birdie chance, looks as though he'll make par though.

13:34 McDowell with a long birdie putt on the par-3 15th.

13:33 Simpson sends his birdie chance just to the right of the hole. He taps it in for par to stay tied for the lead.

13:31 Simpson meanwhile has a tough putt of about 10 metres to make birdie on 17 and take the outright lead.

13:27 Furyk solid again, he misses the birdie chance but leaves himself an easy par putt.  No such luck for McDowell who misses his tough par putt. He holes a tricky one for bogey, while Furyk confirms his par. McDowell follows two birdies with two bogeys to be two shots back from Furyk and Simpson. 

13:24 McDowell duffs his chip shot out of some pretty brutal rough on 14, leaves himself a long par putt.

13:22 McDowell just misses the green-side bunker with his second on the par-4 14th. Furyk does a little better with his second, he finds the safety of the green.

13:20 Simpson finds fairway with his tee shot on 17. Meanwhile Ernie Else is playing the par-5 16th and sends his third shot through the green and over the back. He tries to putt up the hill from off the green. He doesn't hit it hard enough and the ball comes rolling back to where it started! Oh dear.

13:16 Simpson just misses his putt for birdie and the outright lead on 16. Simple tap in for par to stay in the lead.

13:15 That certainly makes things interesting. We have a few players in with a chance down the final stretch. Who can hold their nerve the best?

13:15 Furyk holes out on 13 for bogey meaning Simpson is now joint leader at one-over par.

13:13 Simpson puts his third on the par-5 16th about 15 metres from the pin. Outside birdie chance. McDowell misses his par putt on 13. Furyk sends a par putt just right of the hole.

13:09 Padraig Harrington and David Toms are in the clubhouse at 3-over par one shot behind the clubhouse leader Michael Thomson. Ernie Els is at two-over and playing 15, McDowell and Simpson are 1-over and Furyk leads at even par. Six holes to play.

13:05 Furyk almost joins McDowell in the bunker, ends up in the rough right next to it.

13:03 McDowell finds the fairway bunker off the tee on 13. Meanwhile Tiger holes out on the 18th to finish up 7-over. Not a final round to remember.

13:00 McDowell sinks a long one on 12 too! Not quite as long as Furyk's but great putt nonetheless. That's another birdie for the Northern Irishman who joins Simpson one shot behind Furyk at one-over par.

12:59 Furyk sinks it! What a shot. Clutch putt from about 20 metres to stay in the lead by one shot.

12:57 Simpson misses his birdie chance but could soon find himself tied for the lead anyway as Furyk plays out of the bunker at 12 but leaves himself needing to sink a miracle putt to save par.

12:54 Furyk in trouble on the 12th. He puts his second into the bunker and smacks his club into the ground in frustration. Meanwhile, McDowell puts his second on the green at 12 to give himself a putt for birdie.

12:52 Harrington holes out on 18th to finish three-over.

12:51 Webb Simpson gives himself a chance at birdie on 14. He's got a six-footer to join Furyk in the lead.

12:50 Double bogey for Peterson at 16. Misses an easy bogey putt, he's dropping out of contention with two to play. As is Harrington who is having a mare on 18 after his birdie at 17.

12:49 After three days of glorious sunshine in San Fran it's foggy (or perhaps smoggy) today. Looks more like a winter's morning in the Waikato than a summer's afternoon in California!

12:47 John Peterson, misses a tough par chance on 16 and drops a shot. Moves to three-under.

12:45 McDowell makes his first birdie of the day on 11 to move back to two-under. He started the day tied for the lead with Furyk and is in the final pairing. Eight holes to play for the final pair.

12:42 Furyk misses a tough birdie chance at 11. Leaves himself another tap in for par though. Solid as a rock.

12:41 Michael Thompson is the best of those to have completed their rounds. He fired a 67 today to be 2-over for the tournament.

12:39 Here comes the Big Easy! Eels sinks his birdie chance at 12 to move to 2-under. Ireland's Padraig Harrington does likewise on 17, moves to 2-under too.

12:35 Simpson misses his birdie chance right of the hole. Holes out for par to stay hot on the heels of Furyk. Furyk stays solid on the 10th putting his tee shot down the middle and on to the fairway, he's keeping his cool well so far.

12:35 Furyk puts his bridie putt on the 10th one foot from the hole. He sinks the tap-in. Stays at even par.

12:32 Ernie Els still in the mix as well. He's currently 3-over and puts his second on the par-4 12th close to the pin.

12:30 Webb Simpson puts his tee shot on the par-3 13th smack in the centre of the green, about 8 metres from the hole. Great chance to join Furyk in the lead if he can sink it!

Welcome in to Stuff.co.nz's live blog for the final stages of the US Open from the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.

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- Fairfax Media

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