Simpson cruises to 1st victory in Greensboro|
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Webb Simpson posted a bogey-free, three-
under 67 Sunday to win the Wyndham Championship by three strokes.
Simpson ended his first PGA Tour title at 18-under-par 262.
"I had never really been in the 54-hole lead position before, and there was
definitely a little more pressure," admitted Simpson in a television
interview. "It was tough. It was a battle, but I was able to make some nice
putts for par to keep the round going. To birdie 15 and 16, kind of put the
icing on the cake for me."
George McNeill fired a six-under 64 to take second place at minus-15. Tommy
Gainey managed a one-under 69 to end alone in third at 14-under-par 266.
Charles Howell III (67), Jerry Kelly (65), Vijay Singh (65), 2008 champion
Carl Pettersson (69) and Kyung-Tae Kim (66) shared fourth place at Sedgefield
Country Club at minus-13.
The other battle this week was to get inside the top 125 on the FedExCup
points list as the Playoffs start next week.
Padraig Harrington tied for 47th, but that was enough to move him inside the
top 125. Ernie Els and William McGirt also climbed into the top 125 and will
make the field at the Barclays next week.
Matt Jones, David Mathis and Cameron Beckman started the week ranked Nos.
122-124 on the points list and all missed the cut. All three fell outside the
top 125 and will miss the Playoffs.
Camilo Villegas was in the perilous 125th spot at the start of the week, but a
tie for ninth got him in next week safely.
Justin Leonard closed with a 69 to share 17th, but missed the Playoffs by one
spot as he finished 126th on the points list.
Simpson had a steady final round with eight consecutive pars to start his
round. His lead moved between one and two shots during his par run as his
closest competitors struggled to make a move.
At the par-four ninth, Simpson rolled in a three-footer for his first birdie
to move 16-under.
Around the turn, he parred five in a row from the 10th, but remained alone in
the lead the entire time.
Simpson got up and down for birdie on the par-five 15th and came right back
with a 19-foot birdie effort at the 16th. He parred the final two holes to
seal his first tour title.
"It's so special. To do this in front of my friends and family, it's just
really cool," said Simpson, who was born in Raleigh. "It couldn't have been a
better tournament for me."
With the victory, Simpson jumped to third on the FedExCup points list. He also
moved into the top 10 on the Presidents Cup points list. The top 10 will
qualify for that team after the third Playoff event, the BMW Championship.
NOTES: Simpson, who earned $936,000 for the win, was the 12th first-time
winner on the PGA Tour this season...He played the back nine at 13-under par
for the week...Els is one of five players that has made it to the Tour
Championship all four years of the FedExCup Playoffs, but no player outside
the playoff bubble entering the Wyndham Championship as Els was, has made it
to the Tour Championship...The PGA Tour heads to New Jersey next week for the
first FedExCup Playoff event, The Barclays, where Matt Kuchar beat Martin
Laird in a playoff last year.
08/21 22:57:26 ET