The FedEx Cup playoffs are here, and that means there are just 30 guys with a chance to win the biggest monetary prize in all of golf. We conclude the rundown with the playoff frontrunner.
Imagine for a second that you actually had a five-foot putt to win a PGA Tour title. Close your eyes and try to recreate the nerves and thoughts that would be rushing through your mind, the adrenaline that would be pumping through your body.
There's a lot of pressure that comes along with being in contention to win any tournament on the PGA Tour. But what if there was more on the line than just a tournament title and a million bucks? For instance, what if there was $10 million on the line? It's safe to say the pressure goes to a completely different level.
No doubt Webb Simpson's going to be feeling that kind of pressure this week when he steps on the first tee at East Lake for the Tour Championship.
The FedEx Cup points leader has a sizable lead over his peers going into the final event. At this point, all he needs to do is post a strong finish and hope one of the guys in the top four spots doesn't win.
But a lot can happen between now and Sunday afternoon. Besides maybe Luke Donald or Dustin Johnson, nobody has more pressure to succeed this week than Simpson. After a heartbreaking playoff loss at the Zurich earlier in the season, he won the final regular-season event of the year, the Wyndham Championship, before jettisoning himself to the top of the FedEx Cup pack with a win at the Deutsche Bank.
For a guy who didn't have a PGA Tour win before this season, Webb Simpson's doing all right. Now we get to find out if he's ready to close the deal and walk away with $10 million.
Based on his stats, you'd have to think this is his time. He's ranked second on tour in scoring average, and inside the top 15 in greens in regulation and scrambling. Simply put, he has the complete package this year.
On paper, it would appear he's nearly uncatchable, but as we've seen in years past, anything can happen at the Tour Championship. It's time to see if Webb Simpson has the nerves to leave Atlanta with the biggest payday of his life.