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    Why Webb Simpson left Butch Harmon for an additional prime Tour coach

    Webb Simpson has seven profession PGA Tour wins.

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    For seven-time PGA Tour winner Webb Simpson, choosing the spotlight from his opening-round 67 on the RSM Traditional was straightforward: his ace on the 219-yard par-3 third gap at Sea Island Golf Membership’s Plantation Course.

    “It was a terrific second, nice reminiscence,” Simpson stated after his spherical.

    It looks as if it’s been some time because the 37-year-old PGA Tour veteran, as soon as a top-10 staple and winner of the 2012 U.S. Open, has been within the combine. Although Simpson has made greater than $44 million over the course of his 340-event Tour profession, it’s been a 12 months since he posted his final top-10 end, which, because it occurs, was at this very match final 12 months.

    However issues are wanting up. Simpson at the moment sits in a tie for sixth place, three pictures behind chief Cole Hammer. After his spherical, Simpson opened up concerning the latest struggles he’s confronted on the course, and the drastic change he made in an effort to enhance.

    “I didn’t have that a lot confidence final 12 months. It’s onerous to create confidence out of nothing,” he stated. “I’d work on my sport and I simply wasn’t fairly getting over the hump, however I really feel just like the final 5, six weeks since I’ve been residence, my follow periods are completely different they usually’re reminding me of what it used to really feel like and the pictures I’m hitting, the way in which I’m hanging the golf ball. So I’m optimistic.”

    One other issue making Simpson really feel bullish concerning the state of his sport is the work he’s been doing with new swing coach Cameron McCormick.

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    “I’ve gotten three classes now from Cameron McCormick and I really feel like what he’s making an attempt to get me to do is get me in positions that I’ve been in earlier than,” he stated. “I believe I’m going in charge myself for a pair years there I attempted to hit the ball a lot additional that I acquired into quite a lot of unhealthy habits that it was onerous to see as a result of it occurs incrementally over time. However Cameron, he pulled out a bunch of swings from 2011 and 2020 and confirmed these similarities, so we’re simply making an attempt to get it again to the place that was.”

    Previous to woking with McCormick, Simpson was a longtime scholar of Butch Harmon. However given the space between them — with Harmon hardly ever away from his base in Las Vegas, and Simpson’s residence in North Carolina, the logistics of continuous a profitable relationship turned too troublesome.

    “I had an incredible run with Butch, I cherished working with Butch,” Simpson stated. “, my finest 12 months ever on Tour profitable the Vardon trophy was with Butch. It acquired to a degree the place he’s in Vegas and it was so onerous to get to him, you recognize, for only one lesson and make it again to Charlotte. So I simply began pondering. Not solely that, I need to work with a man I’m going to see on the highway extra. , Butch just isn’t touring. I’ve recognized Cameron from quite a lot of years out right here, however I simply, I keep in mind seeing him on the highway fairly a bit. So I assumed, man, that may be a terrific begin of getting a man like that who’s had tons of success.”

    McCormick’s highest-profile scholar is Jordan Spieth, who McCormick has coached since Spieth’s junior days.

    “I didn’t know an entire lot about [McCormick]and the way in which he teaches,” Simpson stated. “It was form of like, hey, are you able to come to Charlotte? We spent a day collectively the week earlier than the CJ Cup or two weeks earlier than the CJ Cup. Yeah, simply hit it off. Like I stated, he’s going to be touring lots with Jordan [Spieth] and Tom and a pair different guys, so it’s good for me to suppose I’ve a man out right here if I would like him.”

    Simpson resumes his quest for an eighth profession Tour victory along with his second spherical on the RSM Traditional on Friday alongside Justin Rose and Zach Johnson at 10:30 a.m. ET. Take a look at the complete listing of Spherical 2 tee instances right here.

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