Telegraph Sports Notebook - Simpson is now part of elite band

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

The 15th different winner in as many major golf tournaments and the ninth first time victor in a row.

They are the kind of facts that should bring music to the ears of golf fans the world over.

Webb Simpson’s victory in the US Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club, a one-shot triumph over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson, indicated both the strength in depth of the professional men’s game and its unpredictability.

A relative unknown on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, Simpson has been steadily making a name for himself in recent seasons and if he wasn’t particularly high-profile before, he is now.

A major title on the CV is what all golfers crave.

It is the proverbial icing on the cake and elevates the status of any player above that of very good to great.

Don’t believe any of the nonsense that mocks the achievements of the likes of Paul Lawrie, Ben Curtis and Todd Hamiton, one-time winners of the games’s biggest prizes but not much else besides.

Future record books will not say that they struggled to maintain such levels of performance, they will say that, in their respective years, they were good enough to triumph in the events that define the sport they play.

Major titles are used as the currency by which elite golfers are judged so they shouldn’t be devalued by those who seek value elsewhere.

Simpson, the North Carolina-born 26-year-old, is now in the territory occupied by Darren Clarke who got his hands on his first major last year.

On a fiendishly difficult piece of west coast turf that saw no-one break par for the 72 holes, Simpson held his nerve and walked away with the envious glances of his peers on his back and a big, shiny trophy in his hands.

And I bet he can’t wait for The Open in a few week’s time.