Simpson content to sit and wait at 3 over

June, 16, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Going out three hours ahead of the leaders, Webb Simpson, who started the third round at 5-over par, shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to finish at 3-over par for the tournament. With Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk struggling early, the 26-year-old, Raleigh, N.C. native could have a piece of the lead by the end of Saturday night.

"It was a good day all around," Simpson said after his round. "I made a bunch of putts early, really hit it good on the back nine.

"The last couple of days, or first couple of days, were a little tougher; we scraped it around a little more. But I kept the ball in front of me today and was able to make some putts."

Since having a breakout year in 2011 in which he had two wins and 12 top-10s, the former Wake Forest star came into this season poised to contend in the majors. Last year at Congressional in his first U.S. Open, he had a tie for 14th. At the Masters in April, he shot a final-round 78 to finish in a tie for 44th. But now he has a good chance to win the U.S. Open.

He'll have to wait a few more hours before he can devise a strategy for Sunday.

"I'll come up with a game plan tonight a little more after I see the scores, see what the guys are doing, and if they make a run and I'm five back the game plan might change a little," Simpson said. "But if I'm only a couple back going into tomorrow, we'll come out and try to do the same thing."

Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at





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