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Webb Simpson Seeks Fourth Win at 2012 Greenbrier Classic: A Fan's Take

Webb Simpson Seems to Have Found His Groove

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Webb Simpson is the 54-hole leader at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic. He finished play on Saturday, July 7th, two shots ahead of Troy Kelly, followed by nine players within five shots. Simpson struggled on the Tour for more than three years, before claiming his first victory at the Wyndham Championship in August of 2011. Now, less than a year later, he is 18 holes away from his fourth victory.

Webb Simpson: A 26-year-old from North Carolina, and three-time collegiate All-American at Wake Forest, Simpson turned pro in 2008. Like many professionals before him, he found success elusive on the PGA Tour. He missed the cut in 29 of 67 tournaments entered between 2008 and 2010, but did manage his first top 10 finish at the 2010 Wyndham Championship in August.

In 2011 Simpson found his groove, successfully making the cut in 23 of 26 events played, with 12 finishes in the top 10. At the Transitions Championship, in February, he finished second. In May he came even closer, finishing 72-holes tied for the lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, before losing a playoff to Bubba Watson. Watson went on to claim his first career major championship at the 2012 Masters Tournament, and Simpson's career was about to take off.

On August 21, 2011, in his 87th Tour event, Webb Simpson claimed his first victory at the Wyndham Championship. It only took two weeks for him to lift another trophy, for winning the Deutsche Bank Championship. On Sunday, June 17, 2012, at The Olympic Club, Simpson joined Bubba Watson as a major champion, by winning the 2012 U.S. Open.

Webb Simpson and Tiger Woods are the only players to have won three official PGA Tour events in the last twelve months. Beginning the final round at the Greenbrier Classic with a two shot lead, he has a chance to raise his number to four with a month remaining to go for a fifth. An emerging star, at age 26, Simpson may be poised to win many more tournaments in the years ahead.

Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.


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