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Mark Preston

Webb wins big at Wyndham Championship

The last PGA event before the FedEx Cup turned out low scores, a highly-competitive leaderboard, and a much deserved win for North Carolina native Webb Simpson. The 26-year-old Raleigh native took on a charged field to capture a three-stroke win with an impressive 18-under for the weekend. Simpson took home a cool $936,000 for his efforts but, his cash earnings are trumped by an overwhelmingly sentimental victory.Simpson played collegiate golf a short 30-mile drive from the Sedgefield Country Club, the site of this weekend’s PGA stop, at Wake Forrest where he was a power house in college golf. Add to this his childhood visits to the Greensboro, North Carolina event, a previous appearance in the tournament as a caddy and, family members lining the Sunday gallery and a more heartfelt, personal triumph is evident.“That was probably the most fun 18 holes I’ve ever been a part of,” Simpson said after the win. “I really couldn’t think of a better place to win than here in Greensboro.”Fun aside, Simpson put on a confident display of professionalism fending off a tight leaderboard littered with seasoned veterans, talented young guns and hopeful FedEx Cup qualifiers, all who posted low numbers. His Sunday performance was a mixture of intrepid ball striking, clutch putting and unwavering mental stability marked by his strong final round finish. His first tour win was nothing short of triumphant but, should come as no shock to PGA followers and golf pundits alike.This tour year, Simpson’s sleeper profile has been shed and his ample potential has come to fruition. He has managed one win, two runner-up spots and seven top-10 finishes in only 20 events making him a staple of consistency and competitive edge. Statistically, you’ll find a similarly compelling addition beyond his leaderboard prowess. While not the longest or most… Read More