Webb Simpson has such an affinity for this tournament that he named one of his daughters Wyndham after he won his first PGA Tour event in 2011.
Sedgefield is a special place for the Charlotte native not only for being a home game, but for the success he’s forged here.
The Wake Forest grad owns a staggering eight top-11 finishes and 10 made cuts in 11 starts. The only MC was in his first start in 2008. It’s hard to believe he’s only won once.
“I feel like golf course designers, modern day designers who design the big courses, they can all get a lesson from the Donald Ross,” Simpson was quoted by ASAP Sports in 2013. “Come to Sedgefield, going to a lot of land in Hawaii, going to Hilton Head, these shorter, tighter courses have so much more character and I think that’s what I mean so we just don’t get a chance the play these courses much and you really got to think your away around Sedgefield. You can hit driver or you can hit 3-iron on a lot of holes.”
Simpson’s contended each of the last three years. He was third in 2017 (63-64-68-67), T-2nd in 2018 (66-68-66-62) and second in 2019 (64-65-65-65). That’s a combined 57-under in 216 holes, best of anyone in that stretch by miles.
He’s got the best course history, but how about current form?
It’s pretty good. Simpson got off to a good start to the PGA Tour’s resumption in June, winning the RBC Heritage and taking T-8th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The 35-year-old was also T-12th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational before a somewhat disappointing T-37th at the PGA Championship. I expected him to get in contention at TPC Harding Park, but envision him getting right back on the horse at the Wyndham.
Simpson ranks 11th on Tour in strokes gained approach (.658 per round) and 18th in SG putting (.544). Even if he’s not stuffing it close this week, he’ll roll in putts on greens he knows like the back of his hand.