by Jeff Skinner
Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson went head to head down stretch at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans and still had to face each other in a playoff to decide the winner. Watson prevailed with a birdie on the second hole with a spectacular shot from a fairway bunker and Simpson was left to wonder “what if?”
At the fifteenth hole Simpson had to take a one stroke penalty when his ball moved on the putting green as he addressed it. It was a critical stroke that left him tied with Watson at the end of regulation instead of holding the trophy for his first tour win. Simpson took his second runner up of the season as he also finished second at The Transitions Championship.
Watson collected his third PGA Tour career win and his second victory this year. He moved to tenth in the world ranking and has to be considered one of the top American golfers right now.
He originally had planned to skip this week but his mother had tried to convince him to play since it was close to her home and she could attend the tournament. He also had said earlier in the week that the course didn’t fit his eye and he was having a tough time fitting his game to the course. He listened to his mom: he played and he won. As usual, mom knows best.