Simpson Breaks Through, Couples Wins Another Players
by Jeff Skinner
The Wyndham Championship:
After two and a half seasons of excellent PGA Tour golf Webb Simpson found the right formula to finally claim his first win at The Wyndham Championship. The North Carolina native feasted on a little home cooking and his three under 67 was good enough to pull away from Tommy Two Gloves Gainey (3rd) and keep some distance from the hard charging George McNeill (2nd) who shot a six under 64.
Simpson had been chasing this win since 2009 when as a rookie he started off with two top tens in his first two events. He continued to get close this year but settled for a second place at The Transitions and then lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson at The Zurich Classic. With this win he moves to third in the FedEx Cup point’s race, earns his two year PGA Tour Exemption and gets a trip to The Masters next April.
“Being in the top five in the FedExCup Playoffs is awesome,” Simpson said. “You hear all year if you’re in the top five you control your own destiny. … It’s so fun and there’s so much of a buzz in the FedExCup Playoffs to see who is going to move up, who is going to be there in Atlanta to have a chance to win. So I’m super-excited and obviously in a far better position to win the FedExCup than any other year I’ve had on TOUR.”
Good friends Fred Couples and John Cook battled to the end at The Seniors Players Championship with Couples prevailing on the third playoff hole. Fred earned his first Senior Major and kept Cook from winning his fourth tournament of the season.
Couple joins Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd as the only men to win both The Players Championship and The Seniors Players Championship. With this win he gets to tee it up at next year’s Players Championship and try for his third victory there. He was surprised that he earned a trip back to Sawgrass. “I just found out that I’m going to THE PLAYERS Championship,” he said. “That’s a boost. It’s a major. I feel great about winning my first senior major. I just hope tomorrow when I wake up I feel better than I do now and that’s the emotional part of it because I’ve been doing so well. It was a challenging day and it was a fun day, and to win, it’s a good feeling.”