Simpson back on track after tie for third in Memphis
After a fantastic start to the season, which saw Webb Simpson finish in the top 10 in six of his first eight starts -- including a win -- the 2012 U.S. Open champion cooled off considerably.
That all changed Sunday in Memphis and at just the right time.
With a final-round, 4-under 66, Simpson finished in a tie for third at TPC Southwind in the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It was his first top-10 finish since February and the timing couldn't be better as he returns to his home state of North Carolina for this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
With his high finish in Memphis, Simpson moved up three spots in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings from No. 16 to No. 13.
Here's a look at the current top 12 (remember, the top nine after the PGA Championship in August automatically qualify, while U.S. Captain Tom Watson will fill out the team with three captain's picks):
1. Bubba Watson
2. Jimmy Walker
3. Matt Kuchar
4. Jordan Spieth
5. Dustin Johnson
6. Jim Furyk
7. Jason Dufner
8. Patrick Reed
9. Phil Mickelson
10. Chris Kirk
11. Zach Johnson
12. Harris English
The only change in this week's top 10 came from Phil Mickelson, who moved from No. 10 to No. 9 after a tie for 11th in Memphis, which tied his best finish of the season.
The biggest point-gainer after the FedEx St. Jude Classic was winner Ben Crane. He's not yet part of the U.S. team discussion, but he got a lot closer, soaring from No. 101 to No. 32.
Unfortunately for Crane, he still didn't snag enough world ranking points to earn a spot in the field for the U.S. Open, which offers double points. Should an American win this week at Pinehurst No. 2, there's a very good chance he will be a lock for the U.S. team at Gleneagles this September.
After a four-start stretch that featured a withdrawal and three consecutive missed cuts, Matt Every got back on track in Memphis with a tie for third. That helped him gain a little ground in the U.S. standings, moving from No. 16 to No. 20.