Simpson eyes money title

2011-10-13 12:25

St. Simons Island - Webb Simpson arrives at the McGladrey Classic this week vying to overtake Luke Donald atop the US PGA Tour money list as the season - and the chance at the US money title - winds down.

Simpson will tee it up on Thursday at the Seaside course at Sea Island in his first tournament since September's Tour Championship -- the concluding event in the US tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

Simpson went into that event with the playoff series points lead, but it was Bill Haas who emerged with the Tour Championship tournament crown as well as the playoff points title and the $10 million bonus that came with it.

Now Simpson has money on his mind again, with less than $70,000 separating him from England's Donald atop the US tour's money list.

"Luke played well all year, and since I started making a run for the money title, it became pretty important to me to win," Simpson said.

"It’s similar to the Tour Championship - it’s hard not to focus on it. But we’re just trying to go out and play as well as we can, and if we win the golf tournament, it makes it all the better."

The money list title comes with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour - which in the long run can be as valuable than the money itself.

"I think to have your job secure for five years is pretty important," Simpson said. I’ve got a three year exemption right now, but any time you can get five ... This game is crazy. You’ve seen guys play great their whole career but maybe other guys are up and down. So you never know."

Donald isn't here this week, and Simpson is the only player in the field with a chance to catch the Englishman this week.

Bryce Molder arrives in Georgia buoyed by his first PGA Tour victory at the Open on Sunday -- when he beat Briny Baird at the sixth hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Rickie Fowler is coming off his first professional win at the Korea Open.

If Simpson does pass Donald on the money list, Donald could still enter the US season-ending Disney tournament next week.

Donald also leads the European tour's Race to Dubai prize money standings, and no one has won both tours' money titles in the same season.