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September 2 2012

9:17 PM

Simpson fires confidence-building 66

NORTON, Mass. -- Webb Simpson just wanted to get some confidence back after missing the cut last week at The Barclays.

Simpson And that's exactly what he did with Sunday’s 66 that moved him to 8 under with one round remaining in his title defense at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Simpson is still well off the torrid pace being set by Louis Oosthuizen but at least he's gaining ground.

"I knew those guys are playing so well it's going to be a tough task, but I just wanted to come out and play a good solid day of golf and draw on some confidence for next week," Simpson said. "Last year I was pacing, I didn't try to press. That's what I've got to do tomorrow. Whether the winner shoots 23  or 24 under or 16, I've got to go out and do the same thing."

Simpson didn't make a bogey on Sunday -- and neither did his playing partner, Brandt Snedeker, who shot 65.

The former Wake Forest All-American did have an unusual double bogey on Saturday, though. He had to take a penalty stroke at the eighth hole when he inadvertently struck the ball with his putter as he tried to swat a bee away after he set up over a bogey putt.  

"It looked like it was going to sting me so I swatted it and my putter hit the ball," Simpson said. "... I think it's a bad rule. it was unintentional that I was going to hit it. I think there needs to be more of a judgment in golf, intention-based. Obviously, my intention was not to move the ball. I had a bee coming."

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