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August 18 2013

1:34 PM

Simpson grabs momentum with 63

Webb Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Webb Simpson gained some momentum heading into the FedExCup Playoffs with a sizzling 63 on Sunday at Sedgefield.

Simpson, who won the Wyndham Championship two years ago, was tied for ninth at 9 under when he finished. Should he remain there, it will be the North Carolinian's fifth top-10 of the season and his first since he tied for fifth at the Travelers Championship.

"It does (give me momentum)," Simpson said. "You know, I felt like the game was there this week.   couldn't really put a round together and I thought I played great yesterday, just didn't score well and today to come out and make six birdies and an eagle and one bogey was a great feeling. 

"Just where I want to be for next week."

Simpson made the turn in 30 after birdie putts of 10, 3 and 11 feet, as well as a wedged holed for eagle from 107 yards at the eighth hole. Simpson dropped a shot on the 10th hole but rallied with three consecutive birdies on the back -- making a 16-footer at the 13th, chipping in at the 14th and two-putting from 19 at the par-5 5th.

Take away that opening 71 and Simpson might have really contended for his second Wyndham Championship. But that's been his M-O this year.

"One bad round gets me," Simpson said.  "Thursday I played well, I just scored pretty bad from where I was hitting my ball. If I could have my round back I'd love it because I think I could have had a chance in the tournament."

Simpson was impressed at how well Sedgfield held up after absorbing nearly two inches of rain on Saturday.

"The guys did a good job of setting it up, pins in the right spots," Simpson said. "The greens held up unbelievable all week. You really couldn't tell that the greens got any rain. They were still as fast today as I've ever seen them. So, they did a good job and I'm just hopeful and glad we're going to get it done."


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