Skip to main content

U.S. Open champ Simpson: I couldn't feel my arms or legs

From Shane O'Donoghue, CNN
June 18, 2012 -- Updated 1202 GMT (2002 HKT)
Webb Simpson of the United States holds the U.S. Open trophy after his one-stroke victory in San Francisco on Sunday, June 17. Simpson finished the four-day event at one shot over par to secure his first major title. Webb Simpson of the United States holds the U.S. Open trophy after his one-stroke victory in San Francisco on Sunday, June 17. Simpson finished the four-day event at one shot over par to secure his first major title.
HIDE CAPTION
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
U.S. Open: The best photos
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Webb Simpson says his hands and legs were shaking during U.S. Open final round
  • The American finished one over par to win his first major title at Olympic Club
  • He is the 15th different major winner in a row, and the third consecutive American
  • Simpson may miss the British Open due to the imminent birth of his second child

(CNN) -- Golf is a sport where concentration and the ability to perform under pressure is key. So how was Webb Simpson feeling during Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open, knowing he was within touching distance of winning his first major title?

"I couldn't really feel my hands or my legs," the 26-year-old told CNN after carding 68 in each of the two final rounds to finish one over par at San Francisco's Olympic Club.

"My legs felt like they were a couple of hundred pounds each ... It was very nerve-wracking."

But the new world No. 5 put together a run of four birdies in six holes in the middle of his final round to move above overnight leaders Graeme McDowell, who missed a 25-foot putt at the 18th to force a playoff, and fellow American Jim Furyk.

Simpson 'thrilled' with U.S. Open win
Webb Simpson for the win at U.S. Open

"I'm pretty excited, I'm pretty worn out," he said, after clinching the third PGA Tour title of his four-year career and taking home the $1.44 million first prize.

"It's such a long week, such a grueling week on your mind, and this place is hard to walk. So physically it's a tough week as well.

"But I couldn't have imagined I'd be U.S. Open champion this early in my career. I didn't expect that it would come this quickly. One thing I've always done is I've never put limits on what can happen with this game."

The North Carolina native, who tied for 14th at Congressional last year in his only previous U.S. Open appearance, is hoping to capitalize on the run of form which has propelled him to one of golf's four biggest prizes.

"You can get on runs out here, you wins and your good play comes in bunches. I want to take advantage of that. One thing I pride myself in is remembering how I got here and remembering what makes me tick as a golfer," he said.

My legs felt like they were a couple of hundred pounds each ... It was very nerve-wracking
Webb Simpson

"So win or lose I'm trying to get better, and that's what I've been trying to do for the last couple of years."

Simpson said the continued shouts from the crowds gathered on the Lake Course kept him guessing on a foggy day in California.

"This week I felt like they were especially great. I looked at my caddy on 14 and asked him, 'Are the crowds are lot louder today?' because it seemed like we were hearing roars every few minutes," he said.

"It was so fun to play in an atmosphere like that. The famous 18th hole, coming down the hill and going back up to the clubhouse, is probably the coolest finish I can imagine in golf."

Despite becoming the third consecutive American winner of a major -- following on from Bubba Watson at the Masters and Keegan Bradley at the PGA Championship -- and the 15th different major winner in a row, Simpson's participation at next month's British Open is in doubt.

He and his wife Dowd are awaiting the birth of their second child, and Simpson is looking forward to sharing his tale of Father's Day glory with his children in the years to come.

"I got to talk to my dad and I told him, 'Happy Father's Day,' and he said it was a pretty good Father's Day present for him. It's a fun memory that I can't wait to share with my son one day."

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
August 8, 2014 -- Updated 1424 GMT (2224 HKT)
From Seve's "spine-shivering" moment to Jack Nicklaus' "perfect explosion," David Cannon has captured many of golf's defining images.
August 7, 2014 -- Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT)
They came home as casualties of war -- physically shattered and mentally broken. But golf is proving to be an unlikely salvation for U.S. veterans.
August 5, 2014 -- Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT)
You are the one hitting the shots, but the man standing over your shoulder could hold the key to your golfing destiny.
July 21, 2014 -- Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)
PINEHURST, NC - JUNE 10: Rory McIlroy (R) of Northern Ireland talks with his dad Gerry McIlroy (L) during a practice round prior to the start of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 10, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
He has been there for all three of his son's major wins, but the latest triumph may well have been the sweetest yet for Rory McIlroy's father.
July 9, 2014 -- Updated 1218 GMT (2018 HKT)
The next generation of golfers just keeps on getting younger. "They have the confidence to perform against their idols," says one ex-prodigy.
July 1, 2014 -- Updated 1159 GMT (1959 HKT)
He was Spain's ultimate matador and golf's greatest escape artist.
June 18, 2014 -- Updated 1536 GMT (2336 HKT)
Rory McIlroy has announced he wants to represent Ireland at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Two-time major champion Rory McIlroy declares he'll represent Ireland at the Rio Olympics, not Great Britain.
April 29, 2014 -- Updated 0248 GMT (1048 HKT)
Already admired by Annika Sorenstam and with a bucketful of talent, New Zealand's Lydia Ko has the world of golf at her feet.
April 28, 2014 -- Updated 1130 GMT (1930 HKT)
Mike O'Connor, UK FootGolf
Like footie? Partial to a bit of golf? Then you'll love FootGolf. The sport's growing fan base includes a host of former English Premier League stars.
April 24, 2014 -- Updated 1343 GMT (2143 HKT)
Golfers at at Barkway Park don't seem to concerned and have been taking pictures and videos of the bird when it appears on the greens and fairways.
A runaway ostrich-like bird hiding near an English golf course has caused quite a stir. Some say it's dangerous, while others are cashing in.
April 22, 2014 -- Updated 1238 GMT (2038 HKT)
Eagles may be thin on the ground for most golfers at the Bear Trace course at Harrison Bay. But up in the treetops, it's a different matter.
April 18, 2014 -- Updated 1754 GMT (0154 HKT)
When someone tells you to go jump in a lake, sometimes it's best to take their advice. "I've never been so scared," says golfer Pablo Larrazabal.
ADVERTISEMENT