5 Things: Simpson zips to Shriners win
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Webb Simpson left little room for drama Sunday in Las Vegas, cruising to a six-shot win over Jason Bohn and Ryo Ishikawa at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.
Simpson earned his first win since the 2012 U.S. Open on the strength of a 64-63 opening, followed by a 67-66 on the weekend.
Bohn and Ishikawa both bogeyed the 18th, with Bohn carding a 66 and Ishikawa a 65. Charley Hoffman finished another shot back after a 64, which matched the low round of the day.
Here are 5 Things to know about Sunday's play in Las Vegas:
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1. SIMPSON KEEPS IT STEADY: After back-to-back birdies at Nos. 2-3, Webb Simpson opened up a six-shot lead and seemed destined to coast to a win. Twice his lead was narrowed to three shots, and twice he quickly birdied to get it back to four.
Three birdies in four holes down the stretch – including his second pair of back-to-back birdies on the day – gave Simpson a lead he was sure not to relinquish.
Just five bogeys pock-marked Simpson's scorecards all week after his bogey-free first round.
Simpson has been steady since his 2012 U.S. Open championship win, with seven top-10 finishes, but no wins until today; he lost a playoff at the RBC Heritage in April.
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2. 64 ON THE FLOOR: Four players managed a bogey-free 64 Sunday, and all finished in the top 10.
Charley Hoffman's 64 was his best round of the week, lifting him to 17 under and a solo-fourth finish. Twice, Hoffman birdied three straight holes, once on each nine. He added a birdie at the 16th.
Luke Guthrie's 64 was his second of the week, to go with a 69 Thursday and a 71 Saturday, moving him to T-5 at 16 under. Guthrie opened with three pars then birdied four in a row before scattering his remaining birdies at Nos. 9, 11 and 15.
Troy Matteson's 64 was his fourth round of the week under 70, as he finished T-5 at 16 under as well. Matteson's round Sunday was perhaps the most remarkable: All seven of his birdies came in a row at Nos. 9-15, with nothing but pars before and after.
Freddie Jacobson's 64 followed a 71 after he had opened with two rounds of 67 and boosted him to T-9 at 15 under. His Sunday began with three birdies in four holes; his remaining birdies were scattered throughout the back nine.
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3. SECOND-PLACE SHOWINGS: While several players charged up the leaderboard with low rounds Sunday, Jason Bohn and Ryo Ishikawa went low enough to hold off the foursome that shot 64 and finish at 18 under.
Their rounds were amazingly similar: Each had an early bogey-birdie sequence, then made three birdies to make the turn in 3 under; Ishikawa made four birdies to Bohn's three before each bogeyed the 18th. That gave Ishikawa a 65 and Bohn a 66.
Ishikawa, of Japan, earned his first top-10 since the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May. Bohn, who played collegiately at Alabama, had finished T-2 at the RBC Championship in July.
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4. HADLEY DIDN'T QUITE HAVE IT: Playing in the last group of the day alongside leader Webb Simpson, Chesson Hadley quietly posted a 1-under 70 Sunday to finish T-5.
Early bogeys at Nos. 1 and 5 took Hadley out of the spotlight while others went low en route to 64s, 65s or 66s. Hadley bounced back to even par with birdies at Nos. 7-8, only to make triple bogey at No. 9 and head back over par.
No problem. Hadley steadied himself with three pars, then birdied three of the next four holes to secure his first finish of better than T-43 on the PGA Tour.
The former Georgia Tech standout improved dramatically on last week's T-72 finish at the Frys.com Open. Hadley won twice during the 2013 Web.com Tour season.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: Vegas is no stranger to beginner's luck going south; was going low in the first round a jinx? J.J. Henry might think so, not breaking 70 again after his 60 Thursday; the low first round carried him to T-15 at 13 under, however. . . Andres Romero shot 61 and followed with 81 to miss the cut. . . . Jonathan Byrd opened with 63 and, like Henry, wouldn't break 70 again en route to a T-57 finish at 4 under.