Quail Hollow, Pinehurst like home to Simpson


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Webb Simpson will be looking for a little home cooking to put him back on track this week.

Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, makes his home in Charlotte and is a member at Quail Hollow Golf Club, home to this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

Simpson hasn’t been happy with his play of late. He has missed the cut in two of his last three events, including his last start at the Masters.

“As bad as I feel like I've played the last month and a half, my caddie Paul [Tesori] texted me Sunday night that I'm 11th on the FedEx Cup and 11th on the money list,” Simpson said. “That's a positive. I always try to look for the positives.

“But like I always say, I'm just trying to get better. We've tinkered with a few things the last couple months, and we've tried to change equipment here and there, but I've remained positive, and I feel like the work we've put in will pay off, whether it's this week, in a month or three months.”

Simpson will get what feels a bit like another home game when he heads to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in the second week of June. Simpson was born in Raleigh, N.C., an hour northeast of Pinehurst. He played at Wake Forest, a little more than an hour northwest of Pinehurst.

“I do love it, so I want to be ready and prepared,” Simpson said. “It's special. I grew up playing a lot of Donald Ross courses and grew up loving Donald Ross probably more than anybody else.  I mean, that's what I was most familiar with.

“Pinehurst is kind of a second home for me. My parents had a place there growing up. So we [would] go down there most every weekend. It's one of those places I have a lot of history there. I played a lot of junior golf tournaments, lot of amateur golf tournaments. My dad caddied for me at the Southern Amateur there in '05 at the Country Club of North Carolina.”