Death, taxes and Webb Simpson contending at the Wyndham Championship. He was one of just a few of the big names to tee it up last week in Greensboro. Rest is important in a big stretch of golf like this, but it’s hard to argue his results.
The North Carolinian nearly won for the second time in his home state at Sedgefield, shooting 66-66-65-65 to lose by three despite finishing at 18-under.
He was pleased to bounce back from a T-37th the week prior at the PGA Championship.
Simpson ranked outside the top five yet inside the top 30 of each strokes gained category at the Wyndham.
“It’s an ‘almost’ week. Almost good, almost a low one every day,” Simpson was quoted by TeeScripts. “Today was an almost. I felt like I left two shots out there on the front. I bogeyed 1 from the middle of the fairway and three-putted 5, but other than that, today was really solid. I just needed a quicker start I think to get in contention today, being 5 back. But all in all, I take a lot of positives coming out of this week. I feel a lot better about my game than I did a week ago. That’s always good going into Northern Trust.”
Just like Sedgefield, Simpson is also a past champion at TPC Boston. The Wake Forest alum won here in 2011 (69-68-67-65) in a playoff against Chez Reavie just two weeks after Simpson’s first career win at the Wyndham.
Ten trips to Norton also include a top-10 in 2014 and top-20 in 2012 out of seven made cuts. The course isn’t the perfect setup for him, but Simpson’s become achameleondespite a lack of length off the tee.
The 35-year-old has been one of the top players since the schedule picked back up in June. He won the RBC Heritage, finished T-8th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and T-12th at he WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
He ranks eighth in SG approach (.713), second in scoring average (68.888) and second in birdie average (4.7). Putting’s been a strength of his the past few seasons and he’s 12th SG now (.617).
TPC Boston sets up just a little better for a couple guys I have ahead of Simpson, but go ahead and throw Mr. Reliable in your DFS lineups again this week.