Wake Forest alumni and Raleigh native Webb Simpson won the RBC Heritage Open at Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina on Sunday June 21st, 2020.
Over Father’s Day Weekend, Webb Simpson held off Abraham Ancer, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka and others to claim another Father’s Day victory in Hilton Head, South Carolina at the RBC Heritage Open. Sunday’s final round was delayed by over three hours due to thunder storms, causing a 30 minute warm-up before play began. Simpson finished with a score of -22, to set a tournament record.
The last 9 holes is where Simpson really picked up his level of play as he birdied 5 of the last 6 holes, including an important putt on the 17th hole to extend his lead to 2 strokes at the time. Ancer, playing behind Simpson, also birdied the 17th to get to -21 but was unable to birdie the par-4, 18th hole to force a playoff. Ancer only missed 7 greens in regulation out of 72 holes during the week and hit all 18 greens in regulation on Sunday, as he searched for his first PGA tour win.
Along with Ancer, Berger, and Koepka, Tyrell Hatton and Joaquin Niemann were also in contention in a very entertaining final 9 holes. At one point, Simpson, Ancer, Niemann, and Hatton were all tied at -20 and Daniel Berger made a fantastic chip-in on the 17th to put pressure on Simpson. The final round provided great entertainment as every few minutes the leaderboard changed, with many different players leading.
Simpson continued his great form in the 2020 calendar year, after winning the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and finishing 3rd at the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii. Simpson is now ranked 6th for the PGA Tour FedEx Cup and is ranked 9th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Simpson is a force to be reckoned with the rest of the PGA and major championship season; this will not be the last time he is playing important holes on a Sunday in 2020.
An important day for Webb
Father’s Day is important for a lot of people, but it is extremely important to Webb Simpson. As many may remember, Simpson won his only major tournament on Father’s Day in 2012 at the US Open. Simpson won again, on Father’s Day 2020, wearing his signature Sunday yellow shirt, in honor of his late father Sam. Yellow was Sam Simpson III’s favorite color and Webb wears yellow every Sunday, but this Sunday obviously was more important. Webb also has 5 children himself (closing in on Philip Rivers), adding another level of importance to Sunday. Simpson surely would have went home happy to his children regardless of the result on Sunday, but the victory made the day much more special.