The 2012 U.S. Open was remarkable in its unremarkable play. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were still alive at 7 p.m. but that's only because this tournament was being played in the Pacific Time Zone. Jim Furyk set back the cause of "5-Hour Energy" about 10 years by crumbling down the stretch. And Graeme McDowell's bid for an 18-hole playoff rolled wide left. It was pretty easy to embrace 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who's still wearing braces. Otherwise, it was a major catastrophe unless you like rooting for the course.
Webb Simpson was the last man sitting (in the clubhouse along with his wife) and emerged as the victor. But the highlight of the tournament came during Bob Costas' post-game interview when this British Birdman showed up not far from Alcatraz at The Olympic Club in San Francisco and offered a bird call for the ages. Union Jack, er, jerk.
Simpson took it in stride. He dropped a nice "enjoy the jail cell, pal" farewell after this wacky birdbrain was carted off.
Well played, Webb.
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