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Webb Simpson, after lessons with Butch Harmon, is looking to bounce back in ’22

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Webb Simpson, after lessons with Butch Harmon, is looking to bounce back in ’22

A new 12 months means a new start off, and that is just what Webb Simpson craves as he helps make his 2022 debut at the Sony Open. 

“2021 was a frustrating year for me,” Simpson mentioned Tuesday. “Battling flu, COVID, neck damage, and I experience like that crept into my golfing recreation.”

As these ailments plagued his recreation, he failed to report a get past year and he missed out on the Tour Championship and Ryder Cup for the first time given that 2016.

“It was definitely difficult for me not to be [at the Ryder Cup],” he said. “Due to the fact I’ve expert the joy of successful the Presidents Cup 3 times, but -for-3 in Ryder Cups.”

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Previous yr was a yr like no other for the 2012 U.S. Open up winner, but he is making use of the hardships as a lesson shifting forward. 

“It was a letdown year, I guess, this earlier calendar year,” he explained. “And I notice, you know, I have a large amount of sympathy for men who have long gone via harm for the reason that I experienced never absent by means of it and it seriously messes with you for a though. It hinders your exercise sessions and it hinders your apply.”

But after Simpson received wholesome, he returned to levels of competition throughout the PGA Tour’s drop slate. Subsequent a skipped reduce in his 1st start at the Shriners Open in Las Vegas, he sought out a person of the game’s greatest swing gurus just as other folks like Rickie Fowler and Danielle Kang have performed lately. 

“After the Shriners match, I obtained a lesson from Butch Harmon and Paulie [caddie Paul Tesori] and I and Butch all agreed I essential to get much more on best of the golf ball and kind of shallowing out a minor little bit and we saw some excellent changes at CJ Cup and it got even improved at RSM,” Simpson claimed. 

The classes compensated off. He concluded T-14 at the CJ Cup, which was final fall’s strongest discipline, and then T-8 at the RSM Traditional, however, he admits he felt he under no circumstances experienced a probability to catch Talor Gooch, the RSM’s eventual winner. 

Simpson relocating on from ‘frustrating’ 2021 campaign

Simpson moving on from 'frustrating' 2021 campaign

At 36 a long time old, Simpson thinks that there is continue to time for him to get back to his successful methods and some of the game’s elder statements who have notched victories recently have specified him the assurance to do that. 

“In my head, I have received a fantastic 10 decades remaining,” he stated. “Stewart Cink is giving me a large amount of hope. He is actively playing some brilliant golf, profitable golfing tournaments in his mid-40s. If I can stay balanced and hold loving golfing, I imply, I however like golf, which is a blessing. I think it can be easy to burn up out. I’ve burned out many moments.” 

Now thoroughly balanced once once again, moreover with what he’s labored on with Harmon, Simpson is psyched about the future and thinks 2021 could just be a blip on the radar. 

“I really feel like my activity is in a good location,” he claimed, “and I completely believe my most effective golf is ahead of me.”

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