banner
Caulton Tudor

Raleigh native Simpson well-positioned to win Open

Posted June 11, 2014

— Three former Duke golfers are set to start the U.S. Open Championship Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2, and there’s not a hotter player in the world of late than Green Hope High School product Brendon Todd.

But if you’re looking for the best bet among Triangle hopefuls, it’s still probably Webb Simpson.

The 28-year-old Raleigh native, former Broughton High star and Wake Forest collegiate all-American hasn’t played a great deal during the past few weeks.

Now living in Charlotte, Simpson and his wife, Dowd, recently celebrated the birth of their third child – daughter Wyndham, named in honor of his first PGA Tour win.

Since that victory almost three years ago in Greensboro, Simpson has known the thrill of a U.S. Open victory (2012 at San Francisco’s Olympic Club) and has been a world-class performer on a regular basis.

But until last weekend in the Memphis FedEx St. Jude event, Simpson has struggled to score well on a consistent basis during most of 2014.

At Memphis, that changed after his opening round 71. From there, his rounds of 66-69-66 left Simpson tied with former N.C. State star Carl Pettersson and Matt Every for third.

Like another former Wolfpack hopeful, Tim Clark, Pettersson failed to qualify for Pinehurst. European tour regular Garth Mulroy will be the lone State product in the event.

UNC is in the same boat with State. When Davis Love III failed to reach, the Tar Heels’ lone hope was Mark Wilson.

Duke has Joe Ogilvie, Ryan Blaum and Kevin Streelman. All three are long shots, although Streelman has two Tour wins and has qualified for the last four U.S. Opens.

In a perfect Triangle golf world, Todd and Simpson would be there in the chase on Sunday.

As high school players, Todd was rated slightly ahead of his close friend and frequent playing partner. Through college – Todd at Georgia and Simpson at Wake – there wasn’t much separation between the two.

But after turning pro, Todd struggled almost from the start while Simpson found success early.

This year, however, the equation has flipped.

Todd has won and been in contention on a regular basis. He took last week off, while Simpson returned to tournament competition. Todd used some of the time to practice on the revamped No. 2. The Audible: June 11, 2014 The Audible: Who should be favored at the U.S. Open?

Like everyone else, Simpson has had limited exposure with the course renovations. But few, if any, players in the field have spent more time in and around Pinehurst over the years than he. He’s played No. 2 dozens of times and should have enough confidence.

The key for Simpson will be avoiding trouble off the tee and on approach shots. His short game is a little rusty by his standards but, overall, his short game can be among the best in the business.

6 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Doug Hanthorn Jun 12, 2014
    user avatar

    Yawn, wake me up when Simpson wins. What a stupid headline.....

  • Hammerhead Jun 12, 2014

    View quoted thread


    We're all looking forward to your posts over the next few days so, yeah, we care.

  • jmcdow2792 Jun 12, 2014

    Simpson is one of the 10 on my golf challenge pick list. I like him because he is long and knows No. 2. I like the younger longer hitters with this golf course. Day, Scott, D. Johnson, Bubba, Rory etc. I have a tee time at 10 today but will be glued to the golf channel as soon as I get home.

  • vt94hokies Jun 11, 2014

    I'm always reading on here, and not much writing anymore on here. Tudor did a solid job in this one. He had a solid outline, and the entire article was on target.

    I would love to see Phil do the Grad Slam. I don't see this right now. I give Bubba a great chance to win it. I would also like for Webb to do well and win it. I met his mother on Monday. Great and classy lady. Phil is way too erratic with his driver. I have tickets for the rest of the week. Friday may be my next time over there. Who cares?

  • Obama-in-2016 Jun 11, 2014

    View quoted thread


    Tudor has forgotten more about sports than you will ever know. Loser.

  • I Have a Discernible Chin Jun 11, 2014

    Did Caulton write the headline too or just the article? The article is full of straightforward information. However, there's nothing meaningful and worthy of publication here. Now, if you consider the headline along with the article, that's where you have a problem. Let's say the headline is correct and Simpson is in good shape to win. There's nothing in the article to bolster that view. Moreover, the headline is garbage. Simpson is in good shape to perhaps make the cut and finish in the top 25 and I hope he does. What is embarrassing to everyone considering the fans who are visiting the area, is that we have a retired local person on the payroll who is saying "Raleigh native" and "positioned to win Open" in the same sentence on a major media outlet.

  • Golf: WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Miami

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL Soccer: Miami @ North Carolina FC

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASCAR: Auto Club 400

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on FOX50

  • Golf: WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: NCFC @ San Francisco

    Saturday, Apr. 8 at 10:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Edmonton

    Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: NCFC @ Miami

    Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NCAA Tournament Elite 8

    Tomorrow at 6:00 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

  • NASL: North Carolina FC v. Miami

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 95.7 The Ticket

  • NHL: Canes v. New Jersey Devils

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Maimi

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm

  • NASL: NCFC @ San Francisco

    Saturday, Apr. 8 at 10:00 pm

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Edmonton

    Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 pm

  • NASL: NCFC @ Miami

    Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm

Men's College Basketball
NCAA Tournament
#4
4:09 PT5:09 MT6:09 CT7:09 ET11:09 GMT7:09 北京时间4:09 MST6:09 EST
Preview
#1
#7
4:29 PT5:29 MT6:29 CT7:29 ET11:29 GMT7:29 北京时间4:29 MST6:29 EST
Preview
#3
#3
6:39 PT7:39 MT8:39 CT9:39 ET1:39 GMT9:39 北京时间6:39 MST8:39 EST
Preview
#2
#8
6:59 PT7:59 MT8:59 CT9:59 ET1:59 GMT9:59 北京时间6:59 MST8:59 EST
Preview
#4
NBA Scoreboard
Denver 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Indiana 
Detroit 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Orlando 
Brooklyn 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Washington 
Cleveland 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Charlotte 
Phoenix 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 MST6:30 EST3:30 UAE (+1)00:3019:30 ET5:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Boston 
Philadelphia 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0020:00 ET6:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Chicago 
New Orleans 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0020:00 ET6:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Houston 
Atlanta 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0020:00 ET6:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Milwaukee 
Sacramento 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)03:3022:30 ET8:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Golden State 
Minnesota 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)03:3022:30 ET8:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
LA Lakers 
NHL Scoreboard
NY Islanders 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Pittsburgh 
Tampa Bay 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 MST6:30 EST3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Detroit 
San Jose 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 MST7:30 EST4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Dallas 
Winnipeg 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Anaheim 
MLB Spring Training
Cactus
Chi White Sox0Top
1st
Oakland0
San Diego 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 CT
Texas 
Cleveland0Top
1st
Chi Cubs0
Milwaukee0Top
1st
Cincinnati0
Arizona 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 CT
LA Dodgers 
Kansas City 1:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 CT
Seattle(ss) 
San Francisco 1:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 CT
Colorado 
Seattle(ss) 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
LA Angels 
Grapefruit
Atlanta2Final
10
Detroit3
Philadelphia2Final
NY Yankees3
St. Louis3Final
Washington(ss)1
Tampa Bay0Final
Pittsburgh4
Boston2Final
Toronto3
Houston2Final
NY Mets0
Baltimore 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 CT
Minnesota 
Washington(ss) 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 CT
Miami 
Minor League Baseball
International League
Rochester 11:05 PT12:05 MT1:05 CT2:05 ET7:05 GMT
Syracuse 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 11:05 PT12:05 MT1:05 CT2:05 ET7:05 GMT
Buffalo 
Pawtucket 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Lehigh Valley 
Toledo 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Indianapolis 
Norfolk 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Charlotte 
Columbus 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Louisville 
Durham 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Gwinnett 
WGC Match Play (PGA)
Leader in BOLD/CAPS
MatchHScore
WILLETT v Knox164 and 2
HAAS v Kim164 and 2
Thomas v FITZPATRICK172 and 1
Na v WOOD172 and 1
MICKELSON v Holmes136 and 5
Berger v KIM181 up
Day v LEISHMAN0 and 18
WESTWOOD v Perez172 and 1
Hatton v CABRERA BELLO172 and 1
Wang v HOWELL III172 and 1
Garcia v RAHM146 and 4
CHAPPELL v Lowry171 and 1
Grace v SNEDEKER145 and 4
MCGIRT v Sullivan171 and 1
McIlroy v GRILLO18 up
Woodland v KJELDSEN0 and 18
CASEY v Schwartzel154 and 3
An v LUITEN161 up
Spieth v Moore180 up
Ikeda v TANIHARA173 and 1
Watson v Pieters180 up
Piercy v VEGAS162 up
Matsuyama v OOSTHUIZEN124 up
FISHER v Furyk153 up
Reed v KOEPKA143 up
KISNER v Dufner131 up
NOREN v Molinari0 and 18
Wiesberger v Jaidee12AS
KUCHAR v Fleetwood111 up
JOHNSON v Steele102 up
JOHNSON v Walker96 up
KAYMER v Simpson81 up
View Full Leaderboard
Puerto Rico Open (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1B. DeChambeau-1118
2tT. Wilkinson-1018
2tJ. Henry-1018
2tT. Hoge-1018
2tC. Stroud-1018
2tR. Campos-1018
2tJ. Spaun-1018
2tB. Lunde-106
2tT. Mullinax-104
10tM. Thompson-918
View Full Leaderboard
 
WGC Match Play (EURO)
Leader in BOLD/CAPS
MatchHScore
WILLETT v Knox164 and 2
HAAS v Kim164 and 2
Thomas v FITZPATRICK172 and 1
Na v WOOD172 and 1
MICKELSON v Holmes136 and 5
Berger v KIM181 up
Day v LEISHMAN0 and 18
WESTWOOD v Perez172 and 1
Hatton v CABRERA BELLO172 and 1
Wang v HOWELL III172 and 1
Garcia v RAHM146 and 4
CHAPPELL v Lowry171 and 1
Grace v SNEDEKER145 and 4
MCGIRT v Sullivan171 and 1
McIlroy v GRILLO18 up
Woodland v KJELDSEN0 and 18
CASEY v Schwartzel154 and 3
An v LUITEN161 up
Spieth v Moore180 up
Ikeda v TANIHARA173 and 1
Watson v Pieters180 up
Piercy v VEGAS162 up
Matsuyama v OOSTHUIZEN124 up
FISHER v Furyk153 up
Reed v KOEPKA143 up
KISNER v Dufner131 up
NOREN v Molinari0 and 18
Wiesberger v Jaidee12AS
KUCHAR v Fleetwood111 up
JOHNSON v Steele102 up
JOHNSON v Walker96 up
KAYMER v Simpson81 up
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Friday, Mar. 24
Miami Open (ATP/WTA)
First Round
A. Dolgopolov 
M. Jaziri 
S. Robert 
T. Bellucci 
Second Round
(15) P. Carreno Bu     
F. Delbonis     
(28) M. Zverev     
J. Donaldson     
(5) R. Nadal     
D. Sela     
(7) M. Cilic4 6 3   
J. Chardy6 2 6   
(26) P. Kohlschrei7 3 77   
T. Fritz5 6 64   
(3) M. Raonic6 7    
V. Troicki3 5    
(19) A. Ramos-Vino65 6 3   
J. Vesely77 4 6   
(2) K. Nishikori0     
K. Anderson0     
(30) J. Sousa68 5    
F. Fognini710 1    
(23) S. Johnson 
N. Mahut 
(21) P. Cuevas 
B. Paire 
(13) J. Sock 
Y. Nishioka 
(20) G. Simon 
J. Struff 
(11) L. Pouille 
D. Young 
(25) F. Verdasco 
E. Escobedo 
(9) G. Dimitrov 
G. Pella 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Friday, Mar. 24
Miami Open (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(28) I. Begu     
L. Arruabarre     
(32) E. Makarova     
A. Kontaveit     
(3) S. Halep6 2 6   
N. Osaka4 6 3   
(24) T. Babos77 2 0   
P. Parmentier61 6 6   
(25) R. Vinci3 2    
T. Townsend6 6    
(7) S. Kuznetsova6 5    
M. Minella2 2    
(8) M. Keys4     
V. Golubic1     
(20) C. Suarez Nav 
J. Goerges 
(21) C. Garcia 
S. Peng 
(10) J. Konta 
A. Sasnovich 
(1) A. Kerber 
Y. Duan 
(22) K. Mladenovic 
P. Tig 
(14) S. Stosur 
A. Barty 
(31) D. Kasatkina 
S. Rogers 
(16) K. Bertens 
R. Ozaki 
(11) V. Williams 
B. Haddad Mai