Serious course management: Simpson makes wise choices


EDISON, N.J. – Webb Simpson enters the FedEx Cup playoffs as the No. 3-ranked player on the points list, but his year could have been much less fortuitous if not for a few last-minute decisions.

In the early part of the season, Simpson was planning to compete at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but his caddie Paul Tesori talked him into playing the Zurich Classic instead, because the course suited his game better.

End result: Simpson reached a playoff, finishing in second place for the week.

More recently, he was planning to forgo the Wyndham Championship had he qualified for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Instead,he missed the field by mere percentage points in his World Ranking status and ended up committing to the field in Greensboro.

End result: He earned his first career win last week.

Those two decisions resulted in a net gain of about $1.6 million combined.