If you caught the final round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, you saw the best and worst of PGA Tour golf. It doesn't get better than a playoff. Man against man, drawing on whatever adrenaline they've got left after four days and 72 holes of top-caliber golf.
What's ironic, though, is it never should have come to that.
Raleigh-native and former Wake Forest All-American Webb Simpson was penalized on the 15th green for moving his ball back after it shifted about an inch when he addressed it. He had to replace the ball back to its original position, incurring a one-stroke penalty.
The heartbreak of it is he didn't hit the ball with his putter. Simpson says the wind, combined with a very dry green, nudged his ball just enough to change position. So in effect, Simpson dropped a shot, which could've won him the tournament, for something he didn't even do.
To be fair, Simpson had his chances after 15. The guy he faced in the playoff, Bubba Watson, holed clutch putts down the stretch. Watson made birdie on the second playoff hole to capture the victory after Simpson missed his chance by just inches.
But those aren't the inches he'll remember most. Five holes earlier he had to move his ball back and take a penalty, a measure the PGA should consider sizing up.
Do you think Webb Simpson should have been penalized?
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