• Simpson rules Las Vegas event

    Webb Simpson AFP PHOTO

    Webb Simpson AFP PHOTO

    LAS VEGAS: Former US Open champion Webb Simpson shot a closing five-under 66 as he cruised to a six shot victory at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

    Simpson, who earned his fourth career win on the USPGA Tour, finished the tournament at 24-under-par 260.

    “This year I felt like I have gotten better,” Simpson said. “I just haven’t gotten a win and I was close at Hilton Head, but we’ve been working hard and it’s just nice to finish the year off with a W and get back to Hawaii.”

    Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa (65) and Jason Bohn (66) tied for second place at Summerlin course at 18-under, while Charley Hoffman (64) finished alone in fourth at minus-17.

    Luke Guthrie (64), Troy Matteson (64), Charles Howell (65) and Chesson Hadley (70) tied for fifth place at 16-under 268.

    Simpson began the day with a four-stroke lead and quickly added to that with back-to-back 15-foot birdies at No. 2 and No. 3 to move to 21-under.

    He easily maintained the lead from there.

    “I was playing, good solid golf,” he said. “I didn’t look at any leaderboards all day, but the course is drying out and I knew it was playing tough.

    “That three-putt [No. 12] kind of set me back a little bit, but it was nice to birdie 13 and then I made a couple more birdies, which is a good feeling.”

    He drained a long birdie putt on No. 9 to finish with a 32 on the front. That gave him a six-shot lead over five players.

    A three-putt bogey at the 12th cut Simpson’s lead to three, but he bounced right back with three birdies over his next four holes to pull away for good.

    He parred his final two holes, including a 25-foot putt at 18, to close out the victory.

    Bohn capped a run of five birdies over an eight-hole stretch with consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th to pull within four of the lead at 18-under.



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