How it Happened: Simpson wins at Shriners

Webb Simpson during the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Webb Simpson during the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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Webb Simpson shot 4-under 67 Saturday to secure a four-shot lead heading into the final round – then kept a comfortable lead while shooting 66 to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by six shots Sunday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Simpson birdied two of his first three holes, then maintained a lead of at least three shots the rest of the way en route to finishing 24 under, while some pursuers posted low numbers.

Jason Bohn and Ryo Ishikawa finished tied for second at 18 under after final rounds of 66 and 65, respectively, with Charley Hoffman fourth another shot back.

Recap the day's action in Las Vegas right here – and also be sure to scroll down to check out our tournament coverage to date.

And off we go!

• • •

Update No. 45: 7:18 p.m. EDT

As Ryo Ishikawa bogeys No. 18, leader Webb Simpson moves even closer to a win. Ishikawa's 65 gives him the clubhouse lead, but leaves him five shots back of Simpson and one back of Jason Bohn – who birdies No. 16. Simpson, meanwhile, reaches the par-5 No. 16's green in two, then lags to about a foot and makes the birdie putt. That tacks another stroke onto the lead: Simpson is 24 under, Bohn 19 under and Ishikawa 18 under.

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Update No. 44: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Ryo Ishikawa birdies again, this time at the 17th, to move to 19 under and narrow Webb Simpson's lead to three again.

But Simpson follows with a birdie of his own at the 15th to restore his lead to four shots with three to play.

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Update No. 43: 6:58 p.m. EDT

Defending champ Ryan Moore climbs back to 15 under with an eagle at the 16th, getting him back to T-8. Moore's lone blemish today is a double bogey at the 11th.

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Update No. 42: 6:51 p.m. EDT

Leader Webb Simpson hits it close at the par-3 14th, but misses his birdie putt from inside 5 feet and settles for par to remain 22 under.

Ryo Ishikawa birdies the 16th to pull into a tie for second again, catching Jason Bohn at 18 under. Ishikawa is 6 under today, looking for his best finish since the 2012 Puerto Rico Open.

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Update No. 41: 6:44 p.m. EDT

Leader Webb Simpson stretches his margin back to four shots with a birdie at the par-5 13th, quickly erasing his bogey and getting back to 22 under. Jason Bohn pars at Nos. 13-14 to remain at 18 under in second.

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Update No. 40: 6:38 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman finishes with back-to-back pars for the fourth 64 of the day, which puts him at 17 under and T-3 as things stand. Hoffman is looking for his best finish since a T-3 at the Valero Texas Open in April.

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Update No. 39: 6:26 p.m. EDT

Leader Webb Simpson three-putts the 12th hole for his first bogey of the day and drops to 21 under; that narrows his lead to three shots over Jason Bohn. Simpson is 2 under today, Bohn 5 under.

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Update No. 38: 6:23 p.m. EDT

Jason Bohn birdies again at No. 12 to rise to 18 under, pulling within four shots of leader Webb Simpson; Bohn has birdied five of his last eight. Charley Hoffman and Ryo Ishikawa birdie Nos. 17 and 14 respectively to remain 17 under.

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Update No. 37: 6:11 p.m. EDT

Ryo Ishikawa birdies No. 13 to get back into a tie for second at 17 under. Ishikawa finished T-21 at last week's Frys.com Open.

Leader Webb Simpson has parred the first two holes of the back nine to remain 22 under.

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Update No. 36: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Jason Bohn and Charley Hoffman birdie at Nos. 11 and 16, respectively, to pull away in a tie for second and narrow Webb Simpson's lead to five shots.

Charles Howell III birdies No. 16 to move to 16 under and T-4 alongside Luke Guthrie, Ryo Ishikawa and Troy Matteson.

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Update No. 35: 5:58 p.m. EDT

Troy Matteson closes out his 64 with three straight pars and heads to the clubhouse T-2 at 16 under. Matteson is looking for his best finish since finishing second at the 2012 John Deere Classic, in a playoff.

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Update No. 34: 5:47 p.m. EDT

A birdie before making the turn takes leader Webb Simpson to 22 under, giving him a six-shot lead over the five-man logjam in second. Simpson laid up at the par-5 ninth, then wedge to birdie range.

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Update No. 33: 5:41 p.m. EDT

Were it not for Webb Simpson's stellar play, we'd be in for one heck of a finish today. Five players are tied for second at 16 under – Jason Bohn, Luke Guthrie, Charley Hoffman, Ryo Ishikawa and Troy Matteson – but the problem is, they're five back of Simpson.

Guthrie is in the clubhouse after three straight pars to wrap up a bogey-free 64.

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Update No. 32: 5:34 p.m. EDT

With a par at the par-5 16th hole, Troy Matteson's birdie run comes to a halt. He's still bogey-free today and T-2 at 16 under.

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Update No. 31: 5:22 p.m. EDT

Troy Matteson's birdie binge continues, with his seventh straight coming at No. 15. He's caught Luke Guthrie to tie for second at 16 under, five back of leader Webb Simpson – who has parred four straight since birdies at Nos. 2-3.

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Update No. 30: 5:18 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman birdies back-to-back at Nos. 12-13, giving him five in his last seven holes and pushing him to T-4 at 15 under. Hoffman, who played at nearby UNLV, won $1,582,423 last season and finished 48th in FedEx Cup points.

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Update No. 29: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Luke Guthrie birdies No. 15 to move to 7 under for the day, alone in second at 16 under. Troy Matteson birdies his sixth in a row to move to 6 under for the day, T-3 at 15 under alongside Freddie Jacobson.

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Update No. 28: 4:59 p.m. EDT

Freddie Jacobson birdies the 18th for a 7-under 64, the low round of the day so far, which sends him to the clubhouse T-4 at 14 under. Jacobson scattered seven birdies amid a bogey-free round.

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Update No. 27: 4:53 p.m. EDT

After opening with eight pars, Troy Matteson birdies five straight holes to climb to T-3 at 14 under. Matteson, formerly of Georgia Tech, missed the cut at last week's Frys.com Open.

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Update No. 26: 4:47 p.m. EDT

Ken Duke finishes with two pars for a 65, while Will MacKenzie finishes eagle-par-birdie for his 65. Both head in T-7 at 13 under alongside six others.

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Update No. 25: 4:32 p.m. EDT

A second straight birdie for leader Webb Simpson pushes him to 21 under and a six-shot lead over Luke Guthrie. Simpson still has 15 holes to play, but he's seemingly in fantastic shape.

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Update No. 24: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Freddie Jacobson birdies No. 15, his second in three holes, to get to 6 under for the day and T-3 at 14 under.

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Update No. 23: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Leader Webb Simpson stretches his margin to five shots with a birdie at No. 2 that moves him to 20 under. Simpson is looking for his first win since the 2012 U.S. Open.

Ken Duke's third birdie in a row comes at No. 16 and moves him to 6 under today, T-5 at 13 under.

• • •

Update No. 22: 4:11 p.m. EDT

TPC Summerlin has defended itself a few times today; the high round so far is 4-over 75, a number that has pushed Will Claxton to 71st at 3 over and Kyle Reifers to T-67 at 1 under. John Senden is 6 over through seven holes, with a bogey, a double and a triple against four pars.

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Update No. 21: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Luke Guthrie's sixth birdie today moves him to second at 15 under, four back of leader Webb Simpson – who starts his day with a par. Chesson Hadley starts with a bogey to slip to T-3 at 14 under.

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Update No. 20: 3:52 p.m. EDT

John Huh finishes strong with five birdies in seven holes for a 66, good for T-26 at 10 under as things stand.

Closer to the lead, Luke Guthrie and Vijay Singh also are 5 under for the day; Guthrie is T-3 at 14 under and Singh is T-8 at 12 under.

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Update No. 19: 3:37 p.m. EDT

Luke Guthrie rises another notch with a birdie at No. 9; he's 5 under today and moving to T-3 at 14 under.

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Update No. 18: 3:28 p.m. EDT

Max Homa made the turn in even par thanks to an eagle at No. 9 – then eagled the par-4 No. 10 and birdied No. 15 to get to 3 under for the day; he's followed with a couple of pars and is T-30 at 9 under with three to play. James Driscoll also gets to 3 under for the day with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 13-14, climbing to T-23 at 10 under, while Vijay Singh has made five straight pars and also is 10 under with four to play.

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Update No. 17: 3:19 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11-12 move Ken Duke into the 4-under-for-the-day club, lifting him to T-15 at 11 under. Duke won the Travelers Championship in June. Chris Kirk also is 4 under through 16 holes, which has him T-29 at 9 under.

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Update No. 16: 3:11 p.m. EDT

Freddie Jacobson gets his round to 4 under with a birdie at No. 10; he's T-7 at 12 under alongside eight others.

Zach Johnson finishes with two pars to post a 67 that lifts him to T-37 as he calls it a day. It's the best round of the week for Johnson, a Drake product.

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Update No. 15: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Luke Guthrie makes it four birdies in a row and moves to 13 under, T-4 alongside Jason Bohn and Greg Chalmers and six back of leader Webb Simpson, who tees off in about 40 minutes. Guthrie was just short of the million-dollar mark last season, with $991,902 in 27 starts.

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Update No. 14: 2:57 p.m. EDT

Luke Guthrie opens with three pars, then birdies Nos. 4-6 to move to T-6 at 12 under. Guthrie, who played collegiately at Illinois, finished T-40 at last week's Frys.com Open.

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Update No. 13: 2:51 p.m. EDT

And make that four birdies in the first five holes for Greg Chalmers, who pulls to T-4 at 13 under, six back of leader Webb Simpson.

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Update No. 12: 2:45 p.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers birdies three of his first four holes to move to 12 under and T-5. The Aussie finished T-4 at the Tampa Bay Championship in March and won $632,283 for the season.

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Update No. 11: 2:24 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson, the top-ranked golfer in the field at No. 11, birdies the 15th and eagles the 16th to climb to T-33 at 8 under.

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Update No. 10: 2:19 p.m. EDT

Vijay Singh birdies No. 9 to make the turn in 3 under; he's T-16 at 10 under.

Ben Curtis bogeys No. 18 to finish with a 67 that sends him to the clubhouse T-50 at 6 under.

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Update No. 9: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Ben Curtis keeps rolling with a birdie at No. 17 that lifts him to T-41 at 8 under.

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Update No. 8: 1:55 p.m. EDT

Freddie Jacobson's hot start continues with a birdie at No. 4, giving him three on the day with a par and moving him to T-11 at 11 under. He's eight shots back of leader Webb Simpson.

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Update No. 7: 1:44 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 15 takes Ben Curtis to 4 under, the low number of the day so far. He's T-47 at 6 under with three to play. Chris Kirk rises to 3 under for the day with a birdie at No. 9, which takes him to T-34 at 8 under.

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Update No. 6: 1:27 p.m. EDT

Another birdie from Jacobson lifts him to T-15 at 10 under. Jacobson finished 66th in FedEx Cup points last season and earned $1,236,722 in 19 starts, with 13 cuts made.

A birdie at No. 4, followed by a par, has Vijay Singh back to 9 under.

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Update No. 5: 1:14 p.m. EDT

Freddie Jacobson opens with a birdie to rise to T-21 at 9 under. The Swede missed the cut at last week's Frys.com Open.

Vijay Singh gives back one of his birdies with a bogey at No. 3 that drops him back to T-31 at 8 under.

• • •

Update No. 4: 1:09 p.m. EDT

Seven of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings are at TPC Summerlin this week. Let's check in on where they stand so far:

  • 11. Zach Johnson . . . T-51, 5 under with nine holes to play
  • 24. Webb Simpson . . . Leader, 19 under, 3:45 p.m. EDT tee time
  • 27. Nick Watney . . . T-30, 8 under, 1:25 p.m. tee time
  • 32. Graham DeLaet . . . Missed cut, 72-68
  • 41. Scott Piercy . . . Missed cut, 72-74
  • 45. Jimmy Walker . . . T-15, 10 under, 2:35 p.m. tee time
  • 46. Ryan Moore . . . T-5, 12 under, 3:15 p.m. tee time

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Update No. 3: 12:51 p.m. EDT

Vijay Singh birdies his first two holes to rise to 9 under and T-21. Singh finished second at last week's Frys.com Open.

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Update No. 2: 12:39 p.m. EDT

Ben Curtis has the low round of the day going so far, 3 under through 10 holes. Curtis, who missed the cut at the Frys.com Open, has six birdies against a bogey and a double bogey today.

• • •

Update No. 1: 12:25 p.m. EDT

Former Cal standout Max Homa opens with a birdie to rise to T-38 at 7 under. Homa finished T-9 at last week's Frys.com Open.

• • •

Early risers

Spencer Levin opens with back-to-back birdies to rise to 5 under, while Zach Johnson birdies his opening hole to rise to 5 under as well.

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Slow starters

Tyrone van Aswegen cards bogeys on his first two holes to slip to 1 under.

• • •

Saturday coverage

5 Things: Simpson pushes forward at Shriners Open; Hadley 4 back

At 19-under 194, Webb Simpson, who shot 4-under 67 Saturday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, has the 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour tournament for the fifth time.

How it happened: Simpson keeps Shriners lead

Webb Simpson held onto his lead Saturday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, shooting a 4-under 67 to take a four-shot lead into Sunday's final round.

• • •

Friday coverage

5 Things: Simpson takes control in Las Vegas

Though it’s been a few years since he was at TPC Summerlin, Webb Simpson clearly hasn’t forgotten what nearly won him the golf tournament that year.

How it happened: Webb Simpson takes lead at Shriners Open

Webb Simpson used an second-round 8-under 66 to take the lead Friday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. See how it all unfolded!

• • •

Thursday coverage

5 Things: Henry fires 60 on perfect day at Shriners

Conditions were near perfect Thursday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and J.J. Henry took the most advantage with an opening-round 60 to take the first-round lead in Las Vegas.

How it happened: Henry cards 60, takes Shriners lead

J.J. Henry eagled his final hole, the par-5 ninth, to shot 11-under 60 and take the first-round lead Thursday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Matsuyama forced to withdraw from Shriners due to illness

Hideki Matsuyama withdrew from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open before his opening round Thursday, citing illness.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

Closer look: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson highlight the field for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which begins Thursday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

PGA Championship potentially moving overseas?

The PGA of America is conducting an internal study to determine if it would be viable to take the PGA Championship overseas sometime in the next decade.

Rude: Questions follow McIlroy all the way to Asia

Rory McIlroy returns at this week’s Korea Open after a month off. From golf, anyway. Not from headlines.

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