|Webb Simpson hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 21, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images/AFP)
Greensboro, NC - Webb Simpson posted a bogey-free, three- under 67 Sunday to win the Wyndham Championship by three strokes.
Simpson ended his first PGA Tour title at 18-under-par 262.
"I had never really been in the 54-hole lead position before, and there was definitely a little more pressure," admitted Simpson in a television interview. "It was tough. It was a battle, but I was able to make some nice putts for par to keep the round going. To birdie 15 and 16, kind of put the icing on the cake for me."
George McNeill fired a six-under 64 to take second place at minus-15. Tommy Gainey managed a one-under 69 to end alone in third at 14-under-par 266.
Charles Howell III (67), Jerry Kelly (65), Vijay Singh (65), 2008 champion Carl Pettersson (69) and Kyung-Tae Kim (66) shared fourth place at Sedgefield Country Club at minus-13.
The other battle this week was to get inside the top 125 on the FedExCup points list as the Playoffs start next week.
Padraig Harrington tied for 47th, but that was enough to move him inside the top 125. Ernie Els and William McGirt also climbed into the top 125 and will make the field at the Barclays next week.
Matt Jones, David Mathis and Cameron Beckman started the week ranked Nos. 122-124 on the points list and all missed the cut. All three fell outside the top 125 and will miss the Playoffs.
Camilo Villegas was in the perilous 125th spot at the start of the week, but a tie for ninth got him in next week safely.
Justin Leonard closed with a 69 to share 17th, but missed the Playoffs by one spot as he finished 126th on the points list.
Simpson had a steady final round with eight consecutive pars to start his round. His lead moved between one and two shots during his par run as his closest competitors struggled to make a move.
At the par-four ninth, Simpson rolled in a three-footer for his first birdie to move 16-under.
Around the turn, he parred five in a row from the 10th, but remained alone in the lead the entire time.
Simpson got up and down for birdie on the par-five 15th and came right back with a 19-foot birdie effort at the 16th. He parred the final two holes to seal his first tour title.
"It's so special. To do this in front of my friends and family, it's just really cool," said Simpson, who was born in Raleigh. "It couldn't have been a better tournament for me."
With the victory, Simpson jumped to third on the FedExCup points list. He also moved into the top 10 on the Presidents Cup points list. The top 10 will qualify for that team after the third Playoff event, the BMW Championship.
NOTES: Simpson, who earned $936,000 for the win, was the 12th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season...He played the back nine at 13-under par for the week...Els is one of five players that has made it to the Tour Championship all four years of the FedExCup Playoffs, but no player outside the playoff bubble entering the Wyndham Championship as Els was, has made it to the Tour Championship...The PGA Tour heads to New Jersey next week for the first FedExCup Playoff event, The Barclays, where Matt Kuchar beat Martin Laird in a playoff last year.