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Simpson wins Wyndham; Els makes Barclays

Webb Simpson clinched his first ever PGA Tour title, winning the Wyndham Championship by three strokes on Sunday at Sedgfield Country Club in Greensboro.

Simpson, who grew up in North Carolina, shot 67 on his final round and finished on an 18-under 262. He picked up a winner cheque of $936,000.

“I really couldn’t think of a better place to win than here in Greensboro,” Simpson said.

Behind Simpson were George McNeill on 15 under and Tom Gainey, the South Carolina native who led after day one, another stroke back.

Simpson’s bogey-free final round was the foundation of his victory, and a strong, steady finish was punctuated with consecutive birdies on the par-5 15th and par-3 16th that gave him a three-shot lead with two holes to go.

"I knew I had a three-shot lead on 18, and as soon as I hit the ball in play, I knew it was probably over," the 26-year-old Raleigh native said.

The final event before the PGA Tour playoffs, Wyndham is known as much for the winners, as those whose performances were enough to force their way into the top 125 and thereby gain entry into the lucrative post-season tournament, The Barclays.

Big names like Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and South African Ernie Els made it, the pair finishing at 6 under and 8 under respectively.

"You don't know in these playoffs," Els said. "I've got to play good golf though. I played really good the first two days. I'd like to get that back."

Others like former British Open winner  Justin Leonard, who missed a 13-foot putt on the 18th leaving him at no. 126, will have to wait another year.

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