October 18 2011
A who's who of the golf world convened at Wake Forest on Monday for the annual Wake Forest Golf Pro-Am.
Not only was the legendary Arnold Palmer in attendance, so were the men who finished 1-2 in the final FedExCup standings -- Bill Haas and Webb Simpson.
Simpson arrived in Winston-Salem after nearly making The McGladrey Classic his third win in six starts, losing in a playoff to Ben Crane. He took over the lead for the money title on Sunday and heads for a showdown this week with No. 2 Luke Donald at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Haas won his last start in a playoff, fueled by a stunning up-and-down from the water beside the 17th green, to capture both the FedExCup and TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
As a result, both are prime candidates for PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors. That list also includes Donald and Keegan Bradley, the rookie who counts the PGA Championship among his two wins. Mark Wilson, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney and Steve Stricker also won twice this season.
Palmer knows where his vote -- errr, make that votes -- would go.
"I'd make Bill and Webb co-players of the year," Palmer to PGATOUR.COM's John Dell, who covers golf for the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal. "Of course, I'm a little biased toward the Wake guys. But they are both great guys, and I'm so happy to see them doing so well."
Regardless of who their peers choose to win the Arnold Palmer Award, Haas thinks to have Demon Deacons finishing 1-2 in the FedExCup is special.
"I think when you think about that and look at it, that's pretty amazing," Haas said. On Saturday, he got to lead the Wake Forest football team onto the field prior to its game with Virginia Tech.
To read Dell's story, click here.