“I definitely thought about winning and wanted to win,” Simpson said, “but I was just trying to keep my mind focused on the hole that I was playing and just somehow make pars.”
Simpson shot consecutive 68s on the weekend to become the fifth winner at the Olympic Club and the second Simpson. Scott Simpson won in 1987. Jack Fleck (1955), Billy Casper (1966) and Lee Janzen (1998) are the other players who won on the sloping fairways along Lake Merced.
“It hasn't sunk in at all,” Simpson said about his first major victory and third PGA Tour title.
“When Graeme missed on 18 and I realized I had won, I just kind of shook my head in disbelief. I couldn’t believe it actually happened.”