Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour’s new wraparound season.
Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a 5-under 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.
“As we were going kind of middle of the round, pins were tough, greens were drying out and I knew it would take a really special round for somebody to shoot 7, 8 under,” Simpson said.
“So, I felt like I was in control, and I asked my caddie, once I hit it on the green on 17 where we stood. And I was just thankful that I was able to kind of manage my golf ball the last couple rounds.”
Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn tied for second. Ishikawa shot a 65 and Bohn a 66. Charley Hoffman was fourth at 17 under after a 64.
Champions Tour: Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second Champions Tour title of the year and fifth overall, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff in Conover, N.C.
Allen closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match Browne at 13-under 197 at Rock Barn. Browne shot a 64, charging to the lead with seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch.
In the playoff, Allen put his second shot within 10 feet, and Browne hooked his second shot badly into the rough off the green. Allen’s eagle putt just lipped out, and he tapped in for birdie. Browne missed a 40-foot putt for birdie and settled for par.
Second-round leader Bernhard Langer had a 69 to finish third at 11 under.
LPGA Tour: Amy Yang birdied the first playoff hole to beat South Korean compatriot Hee Kyung Seo and win the KEB HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for her first career title. Both finished at 9-under 207.
Noteworthy:Kang Sung-hoon won the Korea Open, which ended in a dispute after Kim Hyung-tae was informed of a two-shot penalty when he led by one shot with two holes to play.
Kim, who started the final round with a four-shot lead, argued that he never grounded his club on the 13th hole. The OneAsia Tour said he discussed the violation with tournament officials for two hours. The Korean Golf Association voted 5-3 against him.
It was an awkward ending for Kang , who closed with a 2-under 69 for a one-shot victory over Kim (77), Rory McIlroy (67) and two others.