September 23 2011
ATLANTA -- NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller thinks either Webb Simpson or Matt Kuchar will emerge as the winner this week of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
If either player does win, he would also win the FedExCup, since both players are inside the top five in points who control their own destiny.
"I really do believe that the guys that have the most 'mojo' going right now would be Matt Kuchar, being a Southern boy, and Webb Simpson," Miller told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "They are the guys I think can win it.
"Simpson is playing the best golf. He's totally balanced in his game. He's driving well, putting great, great chipper and great attitude. If you checked off boxes with those attributes, those are the only two players I could check off."
Kuchar is tied for fifth after shooting a 3-under 67 while Simpson is tied for 16th after carding a 1-under 69 in Thursday's first round.
The 26-year-old Simpson is also one of the players Miller considers as having the potential to be the next big thing in golf.
"One of these young guys like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Nick Watney or Simpson," Miller told the newspaper. "They can have a career like Phil Mickelson if they can start winning three,four, five times a year for a period of time.
"Like last year, Jim Furyk won the Player of the Year, and he only won a couple of tournaments. It’s like 'Where’d that come from?' What happened to the guys who would win, five, six times?
The mentality of the young guys needs to change that they can win more than one or two times a year and not get so giddy they can’t see straight."