June 17, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Former Cal golfer Charlie Wi completed the second U.S. Open of his career tied for 29th on the final leader board at the 2012 edition of the event that ended Sunday at The Olympic Club. The finish was the highest U.S. Open finish ever by a Cal men's golf affiliate. Wi shot a four-over par 74 on Sunday in his fourth and final round to end the 72-hole tournament with a nine-over par total of 289.
"It was great," Wi said about his 2012 U.S. Open experience. "Playing in front of the Cal Bear fans was fun. I heard `Go Bears' about 1,000 times this week, which was nice. It's always great to be back."
"The U.S. Open is a great spectacle and of course the tournament itself is a real challenge," Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. "I was really proud of the way that Charlie and James [Hahn] competed. Charlie did what he's done for a long time today, which is just hung tough and competed. I'm proud of both of them. It's great to have them as Golden Bears and representatives of our program."
Hahn missed the cut after combining for a 13-over par score of 153 over the first 36 holes.
Webb Simpson shot his second consecutive two-under par round of 68 and finished with a one-over par total of 281 to win the event by one shot over Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell. Jim Furyk, who had shared the lead with McDowell heading into the final round, was one of five others another shot back tied for fourth.
Wi had played a combined one-under par in the second (70) and third (71) rounds after an opening-round 74 but ran into trouble early on Sunday. He started his round six shots off the lead but by the time he had finished the sixth hole, he was five-over par and any hopes of a miraculous victory were over. But Wi rebounded and was one-under par over his final 12 holes, coming up with birdies on the par-four 12th with an 18-foot putt, the par-three 15th with a 15-foot putt and the par-five 17th. The trio of birdies gave him 12 for the tournament.