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The Tour Report

September 12 2012

10:00 PM

FedExCup preview: Webb Simpson

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Webb Simpson, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Simpson to win the FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) finishes 19th* or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes in a 3-way tie for 5th or worse
> Nick Watney (No. 3) finishes 4th or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) finishes T-3 or worse
> Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) finishes in a 3-way tie for 2nd or worse
> Louis Oosthuizen (No. 6) finishes T-2 or worse
*Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: Simpson had a whirlwind summer, picking up his first major championship when he won the U.S. Open and becoming a dad for the second time a month later when his daughter Willow was born. He started the final round at the Olympic Club trailing Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell by four strokes, closed with a 68 and ended up winning by one. Simpson, who finished second in last year's FedExCup and on the PGA TOUR money list, had a good chance at a second win earlier in the year at the Wells Fargo Championship where he took the lead into the final round and missed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to join the playoff. – Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Simpson’s results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Simpson has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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EAST LAKE HISTORY: This is Simpson’s second PGA TOUR start at East Lake. He was the FedExCup favorite in 2011, but finished 22nd to lose the title to Bill Haas after shooting 73 in the final round.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Simpson:
I wonder how much a U.S. Open win and new baby have affected his game. A very talented player who is also a well-rounded person. Has been inconsistent on the course this year.

WATCH: Simpson closes out U.S. Open victory

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Webb Simpson

Now it’s your turn. How do you think Simpson will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?