Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker are both former champions in Greensboro, and they each shot 7-under 133 while playing the first two rounds together at Sedgefield Country Club. After matching rounds of 4-under 66 in the third round, they will once again play together in the final round as they look to chase down leader Nick Watney, who holds a one-shot lead and sits three shots ahead of both Simpson and Snedeker.
The pair are also in the mix for a Ryder Cup captain’s pick from Watson, who will round out the 12-man squad with three selections on Sept. 2. With both men playing well, the winner of Sunday’s pairing could earn a leg up heading into the FedEx Cup playoffs.
It’s a position that both Simpson and Snedeker remain keenly aware of.
“I’ve got to put together a few good weeks to show (Watson) that I’m ready to play and, you know, I’m good enough to be a pick,” said Simpson, who ended the qualification process 15th on the U.S. points list. “If I put together three really good golf tournaments, it will be tough for him not to pick me.”
Snedeker finished behind Simpson at No. 20, but is currently the hotter of the two players. He has reeled off six top-25 finishes in his last seven starts, a streak that he appears poised to continue this week in Greensboro.
“The Ryder Cup pressure is way more than what we feel out here,” Snedeker said. “Tomorrow is a great audition for me. I need to shoot a good, low number.”