Webb Simpson followed up two solid rounds of golf at the Wells Fargo Championship with another one on Saturday, shooting a three under 69 to put himself one shot ahead of the field heading into the final round.
Webb started the day in second place after going 65-68 over his first two days, and had really been hitting some great iron shots throughout both of the rounds. The one area of his game that was lacking going into Saturday was his driving accuracy, but Simpson improved it hitting nearly 60% of the fairways to go along with 72% of the greens hit in regulation (GIR). Being a native of the area and knowing the course well, it is hard to bet against Webb not winning the event on Sunday, especially considering that he has pretty much mastered the greens at Quail Hollow, ranking eighth in the field in putts per GIR.
The one player that Simpson will most likely have to watch out for on Sunday is Rory McIlroy, who has improved in every round at this week's event (70-68-66). A lot of it has to do with his iron play, as the more greens he has hit in regulation each round the lower his score has gone. I could easily see him shooting another round in the mid-60s to give Webb a run for his money on Sunday, and even winning it himself if Simpson and the others around him falter under the pressure.
Watney was the leader heading into the third day, but relinquished it with an inconsistent round on Saturday that included four birdies and four bogeys for a 72. He is not out of it by any means, though, as Watney is only two shots out of the lead. Considering that he had come off of a round on Friday where he only missed one green in regulation, it was inevitable that he would fall back at least a little bit, as it happens to most golfers after shooting a great round. Watney has the experience of winning multiple golf tournaments over his career, so he is also a player to watch on Sunday.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @RyanKekoufski.
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