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Webb Simpson Fires Course Record at PGA

Webb Simpson fired a course record 64, at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, in the second round of the PGA Championship, Friday.  But Webb’s record didn’t last long, as Jason Dufner came in behind him with a 63 that tied the all-time majors scoring record.

“It was a great day,” said Simpson. “At 5 over through eight holes yesterday, it was a pretty low moment for me.  But I had a pep talk with myself on the seventh green and just told myself, ‘one hole at a time,’ and tried to get a birdie here, a birdie there and somehow played the last 10 or 11 holes under par. I was able to do that and I birdied 18 yesterday, which was huge for my confidence.  Two over felt like a 64.”

Simpson was aided by having one of his playing partners, Angel Cabrera, withdraw after 11 holes with a wrist injury.  Simpson said that gave him more time between shots to make his club decisions.  His only bogey Friday was on the par 4 seventh hole when his approach shot clipped a tree and he failed to get up and down.

The 2012 U.S. Open champion talked about what that championship meant and how it has helped him going forward.

“Someone told me that the older you get, the more special you’ll realize what the U.S. Open meant and that’s what it’s been like,” the former Wake Forest University golfer said.  “Every day I’ve thought about it, and winning the U.S. Open has made me want to get back in contention in golf tournaments and majors all the more.  It’s hard to believe that was over a year ago.”