Ranking: Simpson (-22), Ancer (-21), Daniel Berger (-20), Tyrrell Hatton (-20) De Sergio Garcia (-19), Joaquin Niemann (-19), Brooks Koepka (-18)
What it means: This is Simpson’s seventh win on the PGA Tour and his second this season, a follow-up to his playoff victory over Tony Finau in early February at TPC Scottsdale. He is setting up, little action, one of the best seasons of his career tour. In just seven starts, Simpson pocketed two wins, a second, a third, and a tie for the seventh. The three times of the Ryder Copper entered in the sixth week on the US from the list of points, in the last automatic spot qualification, and figures of a lock for Whistling Straits – assuming of course, the matches are play. With the victory, Simpson joins Justin Thomas and Brendon Todd, two-time winner on the circuit this season. He climbed to No. 1 on the FedExCup in the points list and No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking, where he is third in the United States, behind Thomas and Koepka.
How did that happen: Tied up for the lead night at 15 cents and playing in the penultimate pairing, Simpson played his first 11 holes in just 2 cents, before catching fire in the twilight. He tore five birdies into six Nos holes. from 12 to 17 years old, to break a dead end ranking and take the lead with a 15-footer at 16 and go up to two with an 18-footer 17.
With a level playing field at the latter, Simpson set a 72-hole 22-year-under-262 goalscorer tournament, outperforming Brian Gay from the total from 2009 by two. (Gay won by 10 photos of the week.)
The best of the rest: Coming from the 72nd aisle behind Simpson, Ancer had a chance to break the playoffs with a birdie at 18, but couldn’t get his 34-footer in the fall. Tied in third, Hatton and Berger were both chasing their second success in as many starts, with Hatton taking the last event before the layoff, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, and Berger the first, after the layoff last week, Charles Schwab Colonial Challenge.
Round of the day: By finishing his turn before the delay time and more than six hours before the group final, Dylan Frittelli pulled the round of the week with a career-low, bogey-free, 9-under 62. He played the nine back in the 29th, with three different pairs of back-to-back birdies at Nos 11-12, 14-15 and 17-18, and sat on the head flag during the downtime.
Biggest disappointment: One of four men tied for the lead night and playing alongside Simpson, Ryan Palmer never counted. He carded four birdies against two bogeys and could not keep pace with a dirty classification with low scores, settling for the 69 and a tie for the eighth, five back.
Plan of the day: Koepka tee ball at 3 feet at 329 yards normal par-4 ninth:
He was one of two eagles in a 65-year round that propelled Koepka to his best result of the season: a solo in seventh place.
Quote of the day: “It was a crazy day. Honestly, I’m speechless now. We were so late, I texted my good friend … to see if I could stay in his house here tonight. It seemed like we were not going to end, but we came back, the Tour did a great job for us to be there fairly quickly, only had 20 minutes of warm-up. It was a long day on the golf course as well, I don’t really know if it goes until 12, then the putts started to go, and I started to trust, and it was amazing to be here now. ” – Simpson