August 14 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Webb Simpson is a glass-half-full kind of guy.
So the former U.S. Open champion is not overly concerned when he looks at his results this year and sees some really low rounds followed by rounds when he fails to break par.
"I'd rather be shooting the low and highs than not really getting the lows," Simpson explained. "I know the game is there. We just really analyze why am I not putting four rounds together, why am I not being more consistent?
"I feel confident that the stuff we're working on, I'm getting better. I think more than anything the mistakes, I'm making more bogeys this year, just sloppy mistakes. They're mental mistakes that lead to physical mistakes."
Prime examples can be found in his last two tournaments. Simpson fired a 64 on Firestone -- a course he had never played before -- to grab the first-round lead at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He followed that with a round of 73 and went on to tie for 14th.
And last week during the second round of the PGA Championship, Simpson was 7 under through 15 holes -- and working on a potential share of the major championship record had he parred in -- only to bogey the next. He followed that 64 with a 73, though, and ended up tied for 25th.
Of course, the 64 was quite a nice little comeback after Simpson's first round at Oak Hill where he didn't make a par until the ninth hole and turned in 40.
"There's a lot of good the last couple of tournaments, finishing 14th and 25th making as many bogeys as I did is a good thing," Simpson said. "My hope for this week is that I kind of iron some of those things out last few days and make less bogeys."
Simpson comes to Greensboro with four top-10s but still seeking his first win since that major breakthrough at the Olympic Club -- and the Wyndham Championship certainly should be a confidence-builder. The former Wake Forest All-American, who now lives in Charlotte, earned his first PGA TOUR win at Sedgefield in 2011 and tied for eighth the previous year.
"I'm lucky because I get two events in my home state every year, Charlotte and Greensboro," Simpson said. "It's always nice to be home. It always feels like I'm hopefully home when I have my car here. Love being here, love being back in Greensboro, love Sedgefield.
"You know, just blown away with how good the golf course is right now even with the big storms we got in the last couple days and the greens are perfect. Some of the fastest and most pure greens we'll play all year. So, they're doing it right here and excited for the week."