Simpson Wins in Las Vegas

by Jeff Skinner

For all of you NFL fans that spent Sunday watching the NFL action (Jets over Pats, what a shocker) there was a PGA Tour event this weekend.  Yes, The Shiners Hospitals for Children Open probably went unwatched by most fans but that doesn’t make it any less sweet for winner Webb Simpson who claimed his fourth career win.

Simpson last played here in 2011 and he may have been trying jump start his season with some early FedEx Cup points and a big paycheck.  He succeeded.  He earned a full 500 points and a healthy $1,080,000 for his trip to Las Vegas.

Simpson’s win is his first since the 2012 U.S. Open and he did it in style with rounds of 64-63-67-66 and topped Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn by a solid six shots.  He used a tried and true formula for his victory: hit is straight, hit the greens and putt like hell.

Simpson was tied for thirteenth in Driving Accuracy, tied for second in Greens in Regulation and led the field in the ever so critical Strokes Gained Putting.  Stick to that formula and he’ll be cashing plenty of winner’s checks this season.


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