ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Webb Simpson and his caddie Paul Tesori have the kind of relationship that leaves no unspoken thoughts. That was certainly the case Thursday at the RSM Classic.
Simpson was 2 under par through 12 holes on a blustery day on the Plantation Course when the duo arrived at the par-3 third hole.
“I don't like left-to-right winds with my hybrids or woods, but it was a left-to-right wind and the 4-iron was only enough club if I hit it really low,” Simpson explained. “So [Tesori] thought it was the perfect club as long as I kept it low. It was one of those where I had a little too much face rotation in a good way and it overdrew, so yeah, perfect club.”
Full-field scores from the RSM Classic
Even if the shot wasn’t “perfect,” the result was. It gave Simpson his fourth hole-in-one in his PGA Tour career on his way to an opening 67 at the RSM Classic and a share of sixth place.
Although the hole-in-one stood out on Simpson’s scorecard it wasn’t the best shot of his day, according to the seven-time Tour winner. That honor was an equally fortunate shot into the final green (No. 9) that set up a closing birdie.
“That was a great moment. My target was about 15 feet right of the hole there, so I did pull it, but I did hit it good enough to where I knew it would cover on that line,” said Simpson, who has two runner-up finishes and a third-place showing at the RSM Classic. “That was a nice way to finish off after kind of letting one get away from me on [No. 8].”