LAS VEGAS – Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin, pulling away for a six-stroke romp in the second event of the PGA Tour’s wraparound 2013-14 season.
Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a 5-under-par 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.
“As we were going kind of middle of the round, pins were tough, greens were drying out and I knew it would take a really special round for somebody to shoot 7, 8 under,” Simpson said. “So, I felt like I was in control, and I asked my caddie, once I hit it on the green on 17, where we stood. And I was just thankful that I was able to kind of manage my golf ball the last couple rounds.”
Simpson, 28, earned $1.08 million for his fourth PGA Tour title.
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Ryo Ishikawa (65) and Jason Bohn (66) tied for second.
Defending champion Ryan Moore (68) of Puyallup tied for ninth place at 15 under.
Kevin Penner (69), a graduate of Eastlake High School in Sammamish who was making his PGA Tour debut, and ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (71) were among those tied for 43rd place at 7 under.
Penner and Moore each played college golf at UNLV.
Yang wins playoff
INCHEON, South Korea – Amy Yang made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with South Korean compatriot Hee Kyung Seo to win the KEB-HanaBank Championship.
Yang, 24, earned $285,000 for her first LPGA Tour title. She finished with a 3-under 69 to match Seo at 9-under 207 for 72 holes on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course. Seo closed with a 68.
American Michelle Wie (66), who started the round tied for 22nd, surged up the leaderboard with six birdies for the day’s lowest score. She tied for third at 8 under with 2012 champion Suzann Pettersen (70) of Norway and South Korea’s Sei Young Kim (69).
• Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., for his second title of the year and fifth overall on the 50-and-older Champions Tour, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Allen closed with a 5-under 65 to match Browne (64) at 13-under 197 for 54 holes at Rock Barn. Allen, 54, earned $240,000.
Rick Fehr (74) of Seattle tied for 75th place at 7 over.
• Kang Sung-hoon won the Korea Open, which ended in a dispute after Kim Hyung-tae was told of a two-shot penalty when he led by one with two holes to go in Cheonan. Kim, who disagreed with the ruling, was penalized for grounding his club in an area on No. 13 deemed to be a hazard.