5 Things: Simpson outlasts Reavie in DBC playoff
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Five things you need to know from the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup playoff events:
1. Beantown birdiefest: Webb Simpson birdied three consecutive holes to win his second Tour event in the past three weeks and move to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.
2011 Deutsche Bank Championship
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Simpson holed a 26-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to close regulation play. He and Chez Reavie went to a playoff after Reavie laid up on the short par-5 18th and made bogey.
Simpson made a 15-foot birdie putt to match Reavie on the first playoff hole. Simpson won with a 8-foot birdie putt on the next playoff hole, the par-4 17th. The victory moved Simpson to No. 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Simpson has finished first, 10th and first in his past three starts. He's 46 under par in those 11 rounds and has earned $2,576,000, an average of $858,666 a week. He was No. 55 in the Official World Golf Ranking before winning the Wyndham for his first PGA Tour victory.
It was Reavie’s tournament to win. He had a two-stroke lead after making a 33-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th. Reavie still moved to No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings, all but guaranteeing him a spot in the Tour Championship. Making the 30-man field at East Lake earns a player exemptions into 2012’s first three majors.
2. Fit to be tied: Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald and Jason Day tied for third, two shots out of the playoff. Snedeker and Donald both made the turn in 30 before finding trouble on the breezy back nine. Snedeker bogeyed Nos. 12, 15 and 16 before birdieing the final two. Donald, who’s trying to win the FedEx Cup and and Race to Dubai, double-bogeyed the 12th after flubbing a chip, then blading a shot over the green. Day shot a final-round 68.
“It was tough out there, especially today,” Donald said. “I think (the wind) was swirling a lot.”
Donald, Snedeker and Day are Nos. 4-6 on the FedEx Cup points list behind No. 2 Dustin Johnson (T-42) and No. 3 Matt Kuchar (T-25).
3. Survivor: Seventy players advanced to next week's BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Chris Stroud started the week in 75th place, but an eagle on the 72nd hole gave him the 70th and final spot in the BMW. It was an exciting end to an otherwise pedestrian finish. Stroud shot 73 Monday and finished 42nd in the event.
“We went out there and hit a great drive down there, great little 3-iron, three feet, eagle,” Stroud said. “It was a great way to finish.”
Ernie Els and Geoff Ogilvy made 6-foot birdie putts at the 18th to secure the 68th and 69th spots in Chicago.
Brandt Jobe birdied the final four holes to finish 63rd in the standings. “I said forget it, let's try and make a couple birdies coming in,” he said.
4. Hubba, Bubba: Bubba Watson, a two-time winner this season, held the 54-hole lead, but had to eagle the last hole just to shoot 74. He finished 16th. Another notable lefty, Phil Mickelson, finished 10th. This was his first week with a belly putter.
"Throughout the whole week, from six feet on in, I felt very good with it," Mickelson said. "I think I'm going to practice with it a little bit more from the 10- to 25-foot area where I need to make some of those, and I really didn't make one this week."
5. Ocean’s Eleven: Watney started the week ranked third in the FedEx Cup, and began Monday’s final round just three shots back of Watson’s lead. He quickly dropped from contention, though, with an 11 at the par-5 second hole.
Watney went over the green with his second shot at No. 2. His chip ran through the green and into the hazard. He tried to play his fourth shot, but it struck a rock and stayed in the hazard. He hit his club against the ground in frustration.
He took a penalty drop in the fairway, hit onto the green and three-putted. Watney later was assessed a two-shot penalty because he slammed his club inside the hazard line — and his ball was still in the hazard.
It added up to an 80 for the 30-year-old, who fell from 12th to 61st. He now ranks seventh in the FedEx Cup.