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The Tour Report

November 8 2013

5:30 PM

Simpson in contention again

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Webb Simpson said the PGA TOUR's new wrap-around schedule will take some getting used to.

So far, he seems to have adjusted to it quite well.

Last month Simpson won in Las Vegas, and through two rounds of The McGladrey Classic he's near the top of the leaderboard after a 2-under 68 Friday.

"I like the venues we've played at," Simpson said. "But certainly playing well in Vegas is going to let me play a little lighter schedule, I think, starting the new year on the West Coast."

For now, Simpson is focused on his week at Sea Island, where he's just a stroke off the lead heading into the weekend.

Despite a windswept day where gusts regularly ranged between 25 and 30 mph, Simpson made three birdies and just one bogey.

"Before I played I would take anything under par," said Simpson, who lost in a playoff here two years ago. "I think the game plan before the round (was to know) club selection so you don't get to a hole and you're shocked and you don't know what to do. That was big for us."

So too has been Simpson's start to the new season.