Simpson wins Wyndham for first PGA title

Updated: 22 August 2011 10:51 IST

North Carolina native Webb Simpson claimed his first US PGA Tour title in front of home fans on Sunday, firing a three-under par 67 for a three-shot victory in the Wyndham Championship.

Simpson wins Wyndham for first PGA title

Greensboro:

North Carolina native Webb Simpson claimed his first US PGA Tour title in front of home fans on Sunday, firing a three-under par 67 for a three-shot victory in the Wyndham Championship.


Simpson had an 18-under total of 262 and was three strokes in front of George McNeill, who carded a 64 for 265.

It was a further stroke back to Tommy Gainey, who carded a 69 to finish third on 266 in the last tournament before the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Fiji's Vijay Singh and Jerry Kelly both shot 65s to join a group sharing fourth on 267. They were joined by North Carolina-based Swede Carl Pettersson (69), South Korean Kyung-tae Kim (66) and Charles Howell (67).

Simpson, who took the lead in the third round with a late run of four birdies and an eagle, started steady with eight straight pars.

He made the first of his three birdies at the par-four ninth and added back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 as he finished without a bogey on the day.

McNeill mounted a late challenge, claiming his sixth birdie of the day at 17 to get to 15-under.

With Simpson making no mistakes, however, it wasn't enough.

"Honestly, I thought it was going to be a lot lower," McNeill said of the winning total. "I can only control myself. I can't control what everybody else does. I'm very happy with the way I hit it, the way I played, the way I putted."

Pettersson, who was born in Sweden but has lived much of his life in North Carolina, won this tournament in 2008 and is on its board of directors.

"I'm disappointed. I'm a competitor," Pettersson said. "I wanted to win this one badly, but Webb outplayed us all."

Pettersson opened his round with a surprising birdie at the par-four first, where his drive missed the fairway and landed in a flower pot before he eventually chipped in from 55 feet.

Gainey, who led or shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, dropped back with two bogeys and a double bogey in the middle of his round, regrouped with four straight birdies from the 12th.

But the leaders weren't the only players feeling the pressure this week, as players on the edge of qualifying for the playoffs vied to make it into the required top 125 in the standings.

Ireland's three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, who cancelled a family vacation to compete, finished sixth and moved from 130th to 124th in the standings, good enough to play at the first playoff event, The Barclays, next week in New Jersey.

South African Ernie Els, who came at 126th, made it into the playoff field despite a two-over 72. His eight-under finish had him tied for 30th but moved him to 118th in the standings.

"You don't know in these playoffs," Els said. "I've got to play good golf though. I played really good the first two days. I'd like to get that back."



Topics : Golf Webb Simpson Tommy Gainey
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