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The Tour Report

October 20 2013

7:59 PM

Simpson wins Shriners by six

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

LAS VEGAS -- Webb Simpson shot a final-round 66 to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by six shots. It was Simpson's fourth career victory and first since the 2012 U.S. Open.

He tied the tournament record with a 24-under 260 total (64-63-67-66). The victory is worth 500 FedExCup points.

"It means the world," Simpson said about his win. "This year, I feel like I've gotten better, I just haven't gotten a win."

Jason Bohn and Ryo Ishikawa tied for second. Ishikawa matched his career-best TOUR finish.

Simpson started the day with a four-shot lead over his fellow Raleigh, N.C., native Chesson Hadley. Simpson birdied two of the first three holes to take a six-shot lead.

Jason Bohn pulled within three shots after birdies at Nos. 11 and 12. The lead was four with five holes remaining after Simpson got up-and-down from a bunker at the par-5 13th, holing an 8-foot putt for birdie.

Simpson was making his first appearance at this tournament since 2010, when he tied for fourth. He had held the 54-hole lead four previous times; he’d only converted one lead into victory. He shot the 73 the last two times he’d held the third-round lead, at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship and 2012 Greenbrier Classic.

Simpson has now won in three consecutive calendar years. He hit 62 of 72 greens this week, tied for second-best in the field. He was fifth in putts per green in regulation with 1.645 per green hit.

Both Bohn and Ishikawa bogeyed the 18th hole. Hadley, playing his second TOUR event as a member, finished fifth after a final-round 70. He shot 3-under 33 on the back nine.