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December 20 2013

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No. 11 player to watch: Webb Simpson

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With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Check out this preview of No. 11 Webb Simpson and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 players to watch in 2013.


NO. 11 PLAYER TO WATCH: WEBB SIMPSON

2014 OUTLOOK: If his early results in the 2013-14 campaign are any indication, Webb Simpson could be on track for a monster year. The 28-year-old has shot in the 60s seven times in the eight rounds he's played and been rewarded with a six-stroke win and a top-10. The victory was the fourth of his career and left Simpson trailing only Dustin Johnson, who has seven, and Rory McIlroy, with six, for wins in their 20s. He nearly had another at the RBC Heritage but ended up losing in a playoff to Graeme McDowell. That said, Simpson will undoubtedly be looking to improve his performance in the majors, where a tie for 25th at the PGA Championship, was his best. But the 2012 U.S. Open champion already knows he has the game to contend. -- Helen Ross

THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Simpson ended a victory drought of about 18 months when he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He also tied for seventh at The McGladrey Classic and ranks fourth in the FedExCup.

EXPERT VIEWS
FANTASY OUTLOOK
Quintessential example of a top-shelf talent that makes for an automatic investment coming off a season without a victory. With a win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a T7 at The McGladrey Classic, he's laid the foundation for another monster year. Loves to play a ton, too. -- Rob Bolton
ON THE MARK
Webb is a master trajectory-controller and he parlays this into good accuracy with his scoring irons. Also sneaky-long off the tee, this very patient competitor understands himself and his tendencies very well and this is in my opinion a great asset as he does not appear to attempt anything that isn’t in his wheelhouse. Blessed with a wonderful approach to life and perspective as it relates to golf, Webb is a streaky putter and can go really low but if anything does let him down it is some inconsistency over the shorter putts. -- Mark Immelman
COURSE PREFERENCE
Webb’s strength is that he has few weaknesses. He has ripped off 13 straight cuts dating back to June. Simpson is a son of the south and feels comfortable at his home base. He won the Wyndham Championship once before and could do it again at Sedgefield. -- Fred Albers
INSIDE THE NUMBERS 
With his victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open early in 2013-14, Simpson could be poised for a big-time season. And driving accuracy could be critical yet again. Simpson hit just 59.57 percent of fairways in ’09. By the end of ’13, that number climbed to 63.30 percent, going from 140th to 55th on TOUR. -- Bill Cooney

VIDEO VAULT

Super Slo-Mo Drive: Webb Simpson

The drive of 2012 U.S. Open champion, Webb Simpson, captured at The Barclays 2012, is analyzed by four -time PGA TOUR winner and Emmy-winning broadcaster Billy Kratzert.
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