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The Tour Report

April 20 2013

5:10 PM

Simpson shoots 65 to get in contention

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Webb Simpson shot his lowest career score at Harbour Town on Saturday, a 6-under 65 that his him two shots off the lead.

Now he'll try to win for the first time since last year's U.S. Open.

"It's all in my swing," Simpson said. "We've been working on the same thing all year. We knew where we wanted to get, we just didn't know how to work on it. Once we found out how to work on it, everything clicked."

Simpson made seven birdies and no bogeys Saturday, hitting 15 greens in the process.

Given the tight confines at Harbour Town, the latter was especially important for Simpson, who took advantage of a soft golf course after more than an inch of rain fell overnight.

He didn't waste any time getting started.

Simpson made three birdies in his first six holes. He made two more on Nos. 10 and 11, then had critical par saves from the sand on each of his next two holes to stay within reach of leader Charley Hoffman.

"I think that's the beauty of this golf course is on paper and even to the eye it seems pretty easy," Simpson said. "But the greens are so small that it's hard sometimes to get it near the pin, especially with the trees overhanging by the green.

"I've always loved coming here; it looks good to my eye. But I never have quite gotten it going like I did today."