Ho hum. Another top-10 finish for Webb Simpson.
Earning T-6th (70-64-68-66) at last week’s The Northern Trust netted his second top-10 in a row and fourth in eight starts since the PGA Tour’s resumption in June.
Simpson’s short game shined (7th around the green, .807 strokes gained per round) when he needed it at TPC Boston. The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon was third in greens in regulation (79.17%), though, so the wedges didn’t have to come out often.
Simpson’s stellar play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs opener has him in the thick of things to finish on top next week at East Lake.
Simpson comes to Olympia FIelds for the first time. He’s played well in Illinois with a T-6th at the 2019 BMW Championship.
He’s a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season with wins at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and this summer at the RBC Heritage. There’s no cut this week, though it’s worth noting Simpson’s missed just two of them since March 2019. That’s music to daily fantasy player’s ears.
The 35-year-old ranks top-30 in all strokes gained categories except for off the tee. He’s a rare breed these days in that he’s finding success with below average length. His accuracy off the tee makes up for it (22nd, 67.41%).
Olympia Fields could benefit bombers, but it looks like the plodding types can have a chance, too. We saw that with Jim Furyk in 2003.
Course staff says the greens could be the biggest defense this week. Simpson is 12th in SG putting (.651).