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Simpson returns to site of U.S. Open win

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SAN FRANCISCO – It was a triumphant return to San Francisco for Webb Simpson, who won the 2012 U.S. Open across the street at The Olympic Club and cruised to an easy victory on Day 1 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play.

For Simpson the good vibes began on Tuesday when he slipped over to Olympic for the first time since his signature victory in 2012.

His first stop was the snack shop on the practice range, which was closed, but he offered a club employee $50 to make him a hamburger.

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“She said, ‘Did you win the U.S. Open or something?’ Kind of joking,” said Simpson, who beat Ian Poulter on Wednesday, 3 and 2. “I said, ‘Yes, I did.’ ... I had either $48 or $100, and I’m thinking I can’t give her $48. She didn’t take it.”

Afterward Simpson commandeered a golf cart that had a wedge and two golf balls in it which he took to the 18th green and re-created the chip shot he needed on the 72nd hole three years ago.

“I chunked the first one but we erased that video,” he laughed. “The one that we have was good. But it was amazing being back.”