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Golf Australia Express : Issue 10
FEW COULD blame Webb Simpson for having a belly laugh on Monday. After all, the 26-year-old American now leads the FedEx Cup rankings after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Webb wriggled his way to victory in a two-hole playoff with compatriot Chez Reavie, when half an hour earlier it all seemed done and dusted. And funnily enough, it was Webb’s belly putter that did all the damage for the American late in Round 4, including a clutch 26-footer on 18 to card a final-round 65 and 15-under total, and remain within a sniff of leader Reavie who was in the second-last grouping three holes back. By the time Reavie had made it to the par-5 18th at TPC Boston—the easiest hole of the tournament—he held a one-shot lead and remained odds-on to secure a win and catapult himself up the FedEx Cup standings. But as we’ve often learned, golf has a habit of ruining dreams. And for Reavie it came in the form of a pulled 54-degree wedge from 115 yards, which almost ended up in the stands. WEBB WEAVES 2ND WIN “Unfortunately,” Reavie said, “my wedge didn’t quite work out.” His subsequent bogey—just the sixth of the day at 18— ensured a playoff. It took Webb two holes to claim his second win in a month and usurp the top spot of the FedEx Cup heading to the BMW Championship in two weeks. While Webb said he “tried the belly putter honestly as a joke”, there was no clowning about with it during the event. He shot a front-nine 30 on Monday that included nailing birdie putts of 15 and 29 feet and a couple of par saves inside 12-feet. But it was in the playoff his steely stroke most shone, draining a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole before securing the win with a clutch 9-footer for birdie on the second. His second Tour win came just weeks after his first at the Wyndham Championship. More importantly, his latest victory secured him a place in the season-ending FedEx Cup TOUR Championship and a place on November’s US Presidents Cup team. “I don’t really know what to tell you,” Webb said, before laughing. “I’m not taking any illegal drugs or anything.” But if his recent form tells us anything, one thing he will be taking is the golf world by storm. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 WEBB SIMPSON USA -15 $ 1,440,000 2 CHEZ REAVIE USA -15 $ 864,000 T3 LUKE DONALD ENG -13 $ 416,000 T3 BRANDT SNEDEKER USA -13 $ 416,000 T3 JASON DAY AUS -13 $ 416,000 6 JIM FURYK USA -12 $ 288,000 7 BO VAN PELT USA -11 $ 268,000 T8 HUNTER MAHAN USA -10 $ 240,000 T8 ADAM SCOTT AUS -10 $ 240,000 T10 KYLE STANLEY USA -9 $ 177,333 T10 PHIL MICKELSON USA -9 $ 177,333 T10 RYAN MOORE USA -9 $ 177,333 T10 BLAKE ADAMS USA -9 $ 177,333 T10 JERRY KELLY USA -9 $ 177,333 T10 BRENDAN STEELE USA -9 $ 177,333 WRAP THE