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By : BGA Proshop
Step by step. That was what was going through Webb Simpson’s mind as he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff over Tony Finau.
After reading an article about Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos and their manta, Simpson adopted that into this golf game. In a nutshell it was about taking it step by step and controlling what you can control, keep moving forward, and have faith that good things will come.
“It’s just a reminder for me to take care of the little things,” Simpson said after making his second birdie on the 18th hole in less than a half hour to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff “And the big things seem to take care of themselves.”
Playing in the final group and after the 16th hole, Simpson looked like he was going to struggle to claim victory but a birdie on the 17th kept his hopes alive. Needing to birdie the 18th to join Finau, Simpson rolled in a right to left 10 foot putt to tie for the lead but Finau had his own birdie putt on the 18th to claim his second PGA Tour title. The left to right 8 foot birdie putt shaved the right edge for Finau which sent both players back down the 18th for a playoff.
As Finau was first to tee off he found the fairway bunker on the left hand side but wedged it to about 19 feet away. Simpson hit it down the middle and with his approach almost it is to the identical position as in regulation.
Simpson in his previous playoffs had only won once out of his 5 tries which made this all the little bit more mentally challenging for him.
But like in regulation and with types of putts from both players, Finau read too much break in his birdie putt and Simpson was able to drain another birdie on the 18th with another right to left putt which caught the right edge to drop in.
The victory was Simpson’s sixth, and first since THE PLAYERS Championship in 2018. It also came after four runner-up finishes since last summer. He moved to second in the FedExCup.