Thanks to the new wraparound schedule for the 2013-14 season, Webb Simpson got off to a hot start, winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his first start of the year. By early February, he had run off five straight top-25 performances, not counting his fifth-place showing at the unofficial Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
Things were looking great for Simpson, who didn’t seem to be missing a beat on the course after finishing fourth in the TOUR Championship and helping to lead the American team to a President’s Cup victory.
The last two months, however, have proven just how quickly fortunes can change in golf, even for a major winner like Simpson. In his last five stroke play events, Simpson has finished no better than 47th, and missed two cuts, including his last start at the Masters.
Thankfully, a return to action at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship could be just what the doctor ordered to help get things moving in the right direction again. Simpson lives in the area and is a member at Quail Hollow. Even though it’s been a regular PGA Tour stop for the last 11 years, every little bit of insider knowledge – along with a healthy dose of practice time – can’t hurt.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the Wake Forest product yet. Simpson still ranks eighth in strokes gained – putting and sixth in the all-around. His scoring average of 70.03 has him in the top-15. More importantly, his FedEx Cup ranking is right there, as well. Still, with big names like Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson back in action this week, this is a perfect time for Simpson to step up and make some positive strides.
In press sessions leading up to this week’s tournament, Simpson told reporters that he’s not letting his recent poor play get in his head too much. He realizes, like we all do, that these things happen from time to time. Even then, you have to know that he’s got high expectations for himself after finishing 2013 on such a high note.
Don’t be surprised if a little home cooking has Simpson back on top of his game this weekend.