Simpson storms to victory

US Tour

Webb Simpson won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by six strokes after carding a final round 66 on Sunday.

The former US Open winner headed into the final round with a four-stroke advantage and showed great composure during the final round at TPC Summerlin to claim his first title on the PGA Tour since his maiden major victory in 2012.

Jason Bohn and Ryo Ishikawa finished in a tie for second place after reaching 18-under after 72 holes.

“It means the world. This year, I felt like I’ve gotten better, just hadn’t got the win. We’ve been working hard,” he said on Sky Sports 3 after his victory.

Simpson made a great start to his fourth round, making birdies at the second and third holes to affirm his position atop the leaderboard.

He made another birdie before the turn, but then three-putted at 12 to record his only bogey of the day – which cut his lead to three strokes from Bohn.

However, he responded by carding birdies at 13, 15 and 16 to all but seal his first win of the season.

“I was playing good, solid golf, I didn’t look at the leaderboard all day but the course was drying out and I knew it was playing tough,” he added.

“That three-putt there set me back a bit but it was nice to birdie 13 and make a couple of more birdies, which was a good feeling.

Simpson added that he initially struggled to cope with the pressure that came with being a major winner, but hopes to be back to his best now.

“I knew there was a lot of pressure on me when I moved up the world rankings and I knew a lot of people start looking at you and watching you every week,” he continued.

“I felt like I learnt to deal with it towards the end of the year and I felt a lot better mentally this year.”

Charley Hoffman carded a final round 64 to finish another stroke further back, while Luke Guthrie, Troy Matteson, Charles Howell III and Chesson Hadley finished in tie for fifth place on 16-under.

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