By E Michael Johnson
Photo by Kevin C. Cox
After opening 65-65 at the RBC Heritage, Webb Simpson held a commanding lead in an interesting stat: He owned 86 rounds of 65 or better since 2009, the most on the PGA Tour by a staggering 24 (Zach Johnson was second with 62). As it turned out, he needed one more low round to claim the title at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island with a tournament-record 22 under par, breaking Brian Gay’s old mark of 20 under from 2009.
Simpson shot a bogey-free final-round 64 to win by one over Abraham Ancer. As it did earlier this year when he won at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Simpson’s work on the greens with his Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line putter proved key.
After a couple of kick-ins on the front nine, Simpson made putts of 10, 22, 14 and 18 feet, along with a two-putt birdie from 40 feet on the par-5 15th to secure the win with a final-nine 30. Simpson also hit 15 greens during the final round with his Titleist 620 MB irons, a solid number considering Harbour Town’s small greens.
Simpson also used his wedges well. “I have a K-Grind on my 60-degree and a 54-degree SM7 S grind with 14 degrees of bounce for my sand wedge,” Simpson told Golf Digest last year. “I’ve been playing the same grind on the sand wedge for a couple of years and [then] I switched to this lob wedge. Guys will change wedges at different venues as the conditions change, but I don’t ever change.”
Apparently, Simpson isn’t changing his winning formula, either.
What Webb Simpson had in the bag at the RBC Heritage
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist TS3 (Mitsubishi Tensei AV 65 TX), 10.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist TS2, 15 degrees
5-wood: Titleist 913Fd, 18 degrees
Hybrids: Titleist 913 Hd (20, 23.5 degrees)
Irons (5-PW): Titleist 620 MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line