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Simpson rises to No. 17 in OWGR after Vegas win

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Hubert Green, sporting a funny hat next to Jack Nicklaus, faced serious matters in the 1977 U.S. Open. Green played the final round in Southern Hills under a death threat and still prevailed.  - 

Sixteen months later, Webb Simpson found a cure for the major hangover and padded his PGA Tour victory total.  

The 2012 U.S. Open champion ended his winless drought in resounding fashion Sunday, capturing the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by a touchdown (minus the PAT).

As a result, Simpson, now a four-time PGA Tour winner, returned to the top 20 in the world rankings, moving from No. 24 to No. 17. Only 36 world-ranking points were available to the winner in Vegas, which featured just three players ranked inside the top 30.

Simpson still has work to do if he’s to finish when he ended last year, though. Last December, he was No. 11 in the world.

Meanwhile, the upper tier of the world rankings, including the top 12, remain unchanged from a week ago: world No. 1 Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner