5 Notable Performances from Shriners Open

The PGA Tour swung through Las Vegas this weekend for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin, and if your money was on another first-time winner, pay up. A former major champion took the title, but his wasn’t the only notable performance from Las Vegas.

Webb Simpson: The 2012 U.S. Open victor cruised to his first triumph since claiming that major, rolling to a 6-stroke win after four rounds of 67 or better. Simpson opened with a 7-under 64 on Thursday, followed up with a 63, then regressed over the weekend to a 67 and closing-round 66. The 24-under 260, which featured only four bogies all tournament, earned a cool $1.08 million for his fourth PGA Tour title.

Ryo Ishikawa: Settling in for a tie at second (how often do you shoot 18-under and finish SIX strokes back?!) was the diminutive Japanese 22-year-old, who just regained his PGA Tour card via the Web.com Tour Finals. Ishikawa’s 65 on Sunday, one shot off the day’s best, allowed him to match his career-best finish and give him the biggest PGA paycheck of his career ($528,000).

Jeff Overton: The shot of the day goes to Overton, who chipped in for eagle from 62 feet out on the 341-yard par-4 15th. He would go on to birdie 16, make par on 17 and 18, and despite his worst round of the week (1-under 70), he snuck into the top 10 for the first time since April.

Troy Matteson: The streak of the week goes to Matteson, who you could say was in the zone from holes 9-15 on Sunday. He birdied every single one of them – seven in a row – and came up just one shy of the tournament record. His 7-under 64 tied three others for low round of the day and his T-5 marked his first top-10 since 2012. The Wyndham Championship that year was also the last time he stayed in the 60s for an entire tournament.

J.J. Henry: The round of the week goes to Henry, who rolled a 60 in Vegas on Thursday. He sank a 50-foot eagle putt to close out his day, giving him a career-best round and lowering the course record at TPC Summerlin. It’s tough to back that up, though, as the Back9 ambassador shot 71-70-70 over the next three rounds to come in at a tie for 15th (-13).

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