A win at this week’s Tour Championship could even lead to the honor of being chosen as Player of the Year for Webb Simpson. Simpson however, made a very unexpected decision last week. Entering the tour’s second round of the postseason third in the FedEx Cup standings, the 2012 U.S.
Open champ Simpson withdrew from the no-cut BMW Championship. According to his management, Simpson needs the rest. Simpson’s spot in the season-finale at East Lake was well-secured, but with the Tour Championship’s new scoring system the FedEx Cup standings were staggered.
The No. 1 seed begins the first round at East Lake 10 under, the No. 2 seed at 8 under, No. 3 seed at seven under, etc. Simpson’s move could have put him at disadvantage for this week’s proceedings in Atlanta.
Simpson need rest and family
At the end of the day Simpson only dropped one spot in the standings.
This means he started the Tour Championship four strokes behind No. 1, Dustin Johnson. Speaking to the media Thursday at East Lake, Simpson explained when he opted for the off-week. “It's a hard decision; last week Monday and Tuesday were very difficult for me because I was very tired,” Simpson said.
“I played four in a row, knowing I'm coming to East Lake, knowing that the U.S. Open is coming up. So, we’re kind of dealing with that as players all year of when to rest, when to play”. Simpson said the decision was especially tough since he was coming off a T-3 at the Wyndham Championship and a T-6 at the Northern Trust.
He was feeling exhausted and wanted to be home with his daughter after she had her tonsils removed. “I think I'm putting in a lot more kind of mental energy into each tournament week now than I used to, and so I'm coming off of playing a little more tired mentally than I used to,” Simpson said.
“I'm working out. I'm in a better physical shape than I have been. But like I said, with that extra mental work each day I see the value of rest. My sports psychologist has really tried to get me to take more time off when I'm home.
So maybe I used to take two days off on an off week from golf; now I'm taking four or five”. Simpson is making his eighth career Tour Championship start, owning three top-five finishes in those appearances.