Webb Simpson is enjoying quite the career resurgence in 2018. Two years of struggling to adapt to the anchor ban, Simpson has found magic with his flatstick that led him to a Players Championship in May and perhaps a FedEx Cup Playoff event in September.
Starting Saturday at the Dell Technologies Open, Simpson was seven shots back of the clubhouse lead posted of 10-under par posted by Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose. However, a clinical, bogey-free 8-under par 63 put Simpson atop the leaderboard at the halfway point and he did so with an exclamation point on the par-5 18th hole.
A solid drive and decent second shot left Simpson 71 feet away from the hole, just off the front of the putting surface. Even still, Simpson pulled out the putter and calmly rolled in the eagle bomb to punctuate his round.
“I was excited and you just kind of laugh at those, because you’re not trying to make them, you’re just trying to get them close,” Simpson said after the round. “Those moments are always fun on the last hole, just a great atmosphere out there.”
Simpson leads Hatton and Rose by one after 36 holes with a cadre of others in the hunt as the FedEx Cup Playoffs trim the remaining competitors to 70 after this week.