Young Webb Simpson closed with three consecutive birdies to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship on the second hole of a sudden death playoff with Chez Reavie.
Simpson and Reavie each fired four consecutive rounds in the 60’s to finish regulation at 15-under 269.
Reavie appeared to have the title firmly in his grasp as he strolled up the 18th fairway at 16-under, needing only a regulation par 5 for victory. But an ill-executed approach shot sailed well over the green, stopping just short of the gallery barrier, leaving a tricky up-and-down to save par. His chip shot flew well the hole, and after his par putt slipped past the hole, he found himself in a sudden-death match with Simpson.
After both players made game-saving putts on the first playoff hole, Simpson closed out the event with a solid birdie on the second, capturing his second career PGA Tour victory.
Simpson’s closing six-under 65 was the best round of the final day. Australia’s Jason Day, America’s Brandt Snedeker and World No. 1 Luke Donald all tied for third place, two shots out of the playoff.
We’ve been following Simpson’s career with interest, after meeting him at the 2010 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando. There, he was introduced by Tom Watson as a brand ambassador for Polo Ralph Lauren. Watson had great things to say about Simpson, and evidently old Tom has a good eye for talent.
WHAT’S IN WEBB SIMPSON’S BAG?: In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Simpson’s winning bag includes the Titleist 909D3 driver (10.5), 910F fairway metals (13.5, 17), 910H hybrid (21), 680 irons (4-P) and Vokey Design sand (54) and lob (58) wedges.
SIMPSON’S STATS: The win marked Simpson’s second career PGA TOUR title, and he vaults to first place in the FedExCup standings with two PGA TOUR Playoffs events remaining. The 26-year old earned his first PGA TOUR title at the Wyndham Championship.
Simpson has relied upon his Titleist equipment to be among the most consistent players on the 2011 PGA TOUR. He has participated in 22 events, made 19 cuts, and posted 17 top 25 finishes, including nine Top 10’s. This was his second playoff of the season, having lost to Bubba Watson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The win also assured Simpson a roster spot on The Presidents Cup team in Australia, and moves to No. 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking.