Simpson cruises to first win of the year in Las Vegas


Tue, Oct 22, 2013 - Page 19

Former US Open champion Webb Simpson shot a closing five-under 66 on Sunday as he cruised to a six-shot victory at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Simpson, who earned his fourth career win on the USPGA Tour, finished the tournament at 24-under-par 260.

“This year I felt like I have gotten better,” Simpson said. “I just haven’t gotten a win and I was close at Hilton Head, but we’ve been working hard and it’s just nice to finish the year off with a W and get back to Hawaii.”

Ryo Ishikawa (65) and Jason Bohn (66) tied for second place at TPC Summerlin at 18-under, while Charley Hoffman (64) finished alone in fourth at minus-17.

Luke Guthrie (64), Troy Matteson (64), Charles Howell (65) and Chesson Hadley (70) tied for fifth place at 16-under 268.

Simpson began the day with a four-stroke lead and quickly added to that with back-to-back 15-foot birdies at No. 2 and No. 3 to move to 21-under. He easily maintained the lead from there.

“I didn’t look at any leaderboards all day, but the course is drying out and I knew it was playing tough,” Simpson said.

“That three-putt [No. 12] kind of set me back a little bit, but it was nice to birdie 13 and then I made a couple more birdies, which is a good feeling,” Simpson added.

He drained a long birdie putt on No. 9 to finish with a 32 on the front. That gave him a six-shot lead over five players.

A three-putt bogey at the 12th cut Simpson’s lead to three, but he bounced back with three birdies over his next four holes.

He parred his final two holes — including a 25-foot putt at 18 — to close out the victory.

Bohn capped a run of five birdies over eight holes with consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th to pull within four of the lead at 18-under.