NORTON, Mass. – Webb Simpson moved to the top spot in the FedExCup points standings by beating Chez Reavie in a two-hole playoff on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
It’s Simpson’s second win in three weeks. He broke through with his first TOUR win at the Wyndham Championship, the last regular-season event prior to the start of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Reavie was looking for his first TOUR win since 2008. He now moves to ninth in the FedExCup standings.
Here’s the hole-by-hole look at the playoff between Simpson and Reavie:
SECOND PLAYOFF HOLE (par-4 17th)
Simpson, hitting first, fires a drive in the fairway, 135 yards from the pin.
Reavie matches him, his tee ball landing near Simpson’s ball, 131 yards from the pin.
Simpson’s approach shot ais a beauty, landing below the hole, 8 feet, 9 inches away.
Reavie’s approach leaks a bit to the right. It finds the green but he’s 23 feet, 1 inch from the pin. Incidentally, Reavie is first in the PGA TOUR in putting from 20-25 feet.
Reavie’s putt slides by on the right. He taps in for par.
Simpson rolls in his birdie putt for the win.
Result: Reavie pars, Simpson birdies
FIRST PLAYOFF HOLE (par-5 18th)
Simpson, hitting first, uses 3-wood off the tee and finds the fairway just in front of the bunker, 247 yards from the pin.
Reavie follows with a driver in which he gets theh roll down the left side of the fairway. He has just 217 yards to the pin.
Simpson’s second shot sails past the green on the left, the ball landing near the stands.
Reavie’s shot also lands in the primary rough to the left of the pin.
Simpson’s chip shot finds the green and rolls past the pin. He’ll have a birdie putt of 14 feet, 11 inches.
Reavie’s chip is nicely played, and he’ll have a birdie putt of 2 feet, 10 inches.
Simpson looks over his putt, then backs away due to crowd noise. He regroups and drills the birdie putt.
Reavie makes his short birdie putt to extend the playoff.
Result: Simpson birdies; Reavie birdies