Webb Simpson stayed in contention with Friday’s 3-under 63.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — It wasn’t the eight-birdie, 7-under 63 that he posted in Round 1, but Webb Simpson is certainly pleased with his 3-under 67 that has him tied with Michael Thompson, two shots off the lead after two rounds of the McGladrey Classic.
“I could tell sitting in my hotel this morning that it was going to be a windy day, and starting out we had some tough holes,” Simpson said. “I made a bogey at 4 but kind of hung in there. I knew it was one of those hang-in-there days… I’m just as satisfied with today’s round as yesterday’s given the conditions.”
By the time Simpson took the course Friday afternoon, his overnight lead was gone and he was three shots behind Michael Thompson. Simpson was four back after six holes because of the bogey on No. 4 but rebounded with birdies on the par-5 7th and par-4 8th to right the ship.
“I knew 7 was going to be downwind,” Simpson said. “I knew we could reach that hole in two, and then 8 was going to be a wedge opportunity. So I didn’t get too frustrated. I made a big putt on 5, I thought, for par, about a six, seven footer to stay at 1 over. Days like this you just kind of stay patient and take your birdies when they come, and if you get a little frustrated, it’s quick to come back and get you, and you’ll probably make a few bogeys.”
There were no more bogeys in store for Simpson, but two more birdies were waiting in the form of 4-foot putts on the 15th and 16th holes.
Simpson, a two-time winner on TOUR and FedExCup runner-up this season, committed to play the McGladrey Classic and next week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in an attempt to claim the PGA TOUR’s money title. He currently trails Luke Donald by less than $100,000, and found out Friday that Donald would also be at Disney World next week to compete for the title.
“I think he’s kind of thinking the same thing I’m thinking,” Simpson said. “If one of us was going to play, the other one really needed to. It’s going to be fun. He’s one of the most competitive guys on TOUR and so I’m sure he’s going to come guns loaded and he’s going to play great like he has all year.
“A lot is going to happen next week,” Simpson said. “And a lot can happen this weekend. Like I said the last couple of days, I’m just going to try and win the golf tournament. If I play well this weekend, even if I don’t win, a great chunk will be added to the money list.”