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Money talks: Simpson hopes to overtake Donald

The last time he was playing golf in Atlanta, Webb Simpson was gunning for the FedEx Cup  $10 million jackpot at the Tour Championship in East Lake.

This time he’s set his sights a bit lower, $68,972 to be precise.

That’s the amount he needs to earn at the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island to go ahead of world number one Luke Donald on the PGA Tour money list.

Winning the Arnold Palmer Trophy doesn’t have a big cash prize, but there is a sense of history behind it that appeals to the 26-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina.

"You're probably added to a list of maybe 50 guys," Simpson said.

Not even 50, Webb. There have been 37 players who won the PGA Tour money title, all names that roll of the tongue including the greats.

Tiger Woods leads the list with a record of nine times, Jack Nicklaus follows with eight times and Ben Hogan and Tom Watson with five wins a-piece.

While Simpson is the only player with a shot at overhauling Donald, the McGladrey Classic is welcoming a particularly strong field.

Matt Kuchar, David Toms, Brandt Snedeker, Vijay Singh and Rickie Fowler are all scheduled to play in the tournament that begins Thursday.

Money aside, Simpson has his eyes set on an even greater award. With two wins on the tour, the most anyone has won in a rollercoaster year, perhaps giving him a shot at PGA Tour player of the year

"I still need to do a little something more to get player of the year," Simpson said. "If I could somehow squeak it out and win the money list that would just help."

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