Print out Webb Simpson’s OWGR page and throw a dart at it. Odds are you’ll hit a top-25.
T-13th in his last start a couple weeks back at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open extended his top-20 streak. One week in Vegas was enough for Simpson, who is one of the few top players who will be rested for the Zozo Championship.
He last was in contention when he took T-3rd at the Wyndham Championship in August. Simpson’s already won twice in 2020 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and RBC Heritage.
The Wake Forest alum played at Tiger’s event at Sherwood Country Club from 2011-2013. The results were nothing to write home about, though he did improve each time out: T-13th (73-79-68-70), seventh (70-73-69-69) and fifth (73-71-69-68).
Simpson is an elite talent with exception to distance. I don’t see that being a huge crutch this week.
I expect the 35-year-old will have comfortable clubs in his hands to attack these greens. That’s where he butters his bread at sixth last season on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting (.64). Simpson ranked 13th in that SG category (.589).
He’s third in SG around the green in the early going this season (1.117)) after finishing 32nd in 2019-2020 (.244).
The biggest win of Simpson’s career came in California at the 2012 U.S. Open. Winning the Zozo Championship obviously lacks the same prestige. With that said, a win over an elite field would bode well in his chase for major championship No. 2 next month at Augusta.