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Webb Simpson Ties Furyk for U.S. Open Golf Championship Lead

June 17 (Bloomberg) -- Webb Simpson had four birdies in a five-hole stretch midway through the final round to move into a tie for the U.S. Open lead with Jim Furyk.

Simpson, a 26-year-old American who is playing in his second U.S. Open, is 2 under par through 17 holes today and 1 over for the tournament at San Francisco’s foggy Olympic Club.

Furyk, 42, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, held the lead for most of the day until a bogey on the par-3 13th hole dropped him into a tie with Simpson. His bogey came one hole after he saved par with a putt of about 35 feet.

Michael Thompson of the U.S. finished his round at 2 over. Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, the 2010 champion, and two-time champion Ernie Els of South Africa are among six players at 3 over.

Furyk’s bogey on 13, his second of the day, came after he made a tough par 4 on the 12th hole. His first shot went into the trees and his second shot landed in the sand. He blasted out and left himself a long putt that he slid into the center of the cup.

Furyk, McDowell and Els all are former U.S. Open champions. Furyk, an American, won in 2003 at Olympia Fields south of Chicago. McDowell won in 2010 at Pebble Beach, about 114 miles (184 kilometers) south of the Olympic Club along California’s Pacific Coast.

Els, who won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997, moved into contention today with a 10-foot eagle putt on the seventh hole.

Woods Falls

Tiger Woods, who has a four-year winless drought in major championships, shot a 3-over 73 today to end the tournament at 7 over.

“Today I got off to a bad start and never got it going early, and unfortunately put myself out of it,” Woods told reporters.

Beau Hossler, an amateur from Southern California who hasn’t yet started his final year in high school, shot 6-over 76 today and ended the tournament at 9 over.

Five-time U.S. Open runner-up Phil Mickelson, who turned 42 yesterday, shot an 8-over 78 in the fourth round and finished the tournament at 16 over.

“If you played anything less than perfect golf it was extremely penalizing, and I played far from perfect,” Mickelson told reporters.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mike Buteau in San Francisco at mbuteau@bloomberg.net; Rob Gloster in San Francisco at rgloster@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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