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The Tour Report

June 23 2012

2:45 PM

Simpson trying to join rare group

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- The last player to win a major championship and follow it up with a victory the next week was Tiger Woods in 2000 when he won the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

Webb Simpson is trying to join him.

The U.S. Open camp is 2 under through his first three holes early in the third round and just two shots off the lead of Fredrik Jacobson. ( Click here to follow his round live .)

As for the last player to win the U.S. Open and win again the following week: Hale Irwin did it in 1990 at Medinah, where he beat Mike Donald in an 18-hole playoff on Monday before winning the Buick Classic the next week.

In all, three U.S. Open champions have gone on to win the next week. See below for the complete list of major winners to win the following week.


Year Player Major won Victory next week
2000 Tiger Woods PGA Championship NEC Invitational
1998 Vijay Singh PGA Championship The International
1990 Hale Irwin U.S. Open Buick Classic
1985 Bernhard Langer Masters MCI Heritage Classic
1978 John Mahaffey PGA Championship American Optical Classic
1978 Gary Player Masters Tournament of Champions
1966 Billy Casper U.S. Open Western Open
1949 Jimmy Demaret Masters North Fulton Open
1938 Ralph Guldahl U.S. Open Western Open