Tale of the tape: Donald vs. Simpson


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Webb Simpson likes what he sees in Luke Donald’s game. He sees a lot of himself.

“I just hit it a little farther than he does, but I don’t think there are too many differences in the way we play,” Simpson said.

Here’s a quick look at how Simpson and Donald compare on the PGA Tour as they battle for the money title and Player of the Year honors going into this week’s Children’s Miracle Network Classic:


Donald: 34

Simpson: 26

World ranking

Donald: 1st

Simpson: 12th


Donald: 1 (WGC-Accenture Match Play; 2 international)

Simpson: 2 (Wyndham Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship)

Top-10 finishes

Donald: 13 (18 starts)

Simpson: 11 (25 starts)

Finishes in 2011 majors

Donald: Masters, T-4; U.S. Open, T-45; British Open, MC; PGA Championship, T-8

Simpson: Masters, DNP; U.S. Open, T-14; British Open, T-16; PGA Championship, MC

Money winnings (Tour rank)

Donald: $5,837,214 (2nd)

Simpson: $6,200,243 (1st)        

Scoring avg.

Donald: 68.82 (1st)

Simpson: 69.23 (2nd)

Birdie avg.

Donald: 4.13 (4th)

Simpson: 4.21 (2nd)

Greens in regulation

Donald: 66.93 percent (51st)

Simpson: 69.33 percent (12th)

Driving distance

Donald: 284.4 (148th)

Simpson: 296.8 (49th)          

Driving accuracy

Donald: 63.95 percent (62nd)

Simpson: 61.9 percent (92nd)              

Putting (strokes gained)

Donald: .773 (2nd)

Simpson: .244 (50th)


Donald: 63.47 percent (9th)

Simpson: 62.43 percent (15th)