Sport Paul Tesori, Webb Simpson's caddie, on how he cost his player more than $5 million (no, really)

17:52  16 may  2018
17:52  16 may  2018 Source:   golfdigest.com

Simpson completes a big win at Players Championship

  Simpson completes a big win at Players Championship Webb Simpson navigated his way through a few mistakes but not too much stress to win The Players Championship. Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern was finishing the hole. He closed with a 1-over 73 for a four-shot victory and his biggest win since the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.Tiger Woods made another big run. So did Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker and Danny Lee. None could do enough to catch Simpson during record scoring in the final Players Championship in May.

At that point, the English player Tyrrell Hatton turned to Paul Tesori , Simpson ’ s caddie , and asked if he remembered Ty Webb , Chevy Chase’s character from the movie “Caddyshack,” who could knock in putts from anywhere, even blindfolded.

Simpson ' s caddy : Players title will mean more than U.S. Open. Paul Tesori , Webb Simpson ' s caddy , describes their win at The Players Championship, and where it stacks up against Simpson ' s U.S. Open title.

a man wearing a red hat: Tesori helped Simpson keep a positive attitude.© Stan Badz/PGA Tour Tesori helped Simpson keep a positive attitude.

One of the intriguing subplots of Webb Simpson's decisive win in the Players Championship was that it came after several wayward years tinkering with his putting stroke.

What's interesting about Simpson, though, is that his move away from anchored stroke predated the official anchoring ban at the start of 2016, mostly because his caddie, Paul Tesori, suggested the two get out in front of the problem.

How did that work out? That depends on who you ask.

"We went in a year early, which was my call, and that cost us at least $5 million because the next year I think he finished third in ball-striking and only made about $1.5 million," Tesori said on this week's Golf Digest Podcast. "We went in and looked at his average putting throughout his career and if he had an average putting year he would have been second on the Ryder Cup list, he would have won a couple of tournaments and he would have made about $6 million.

Webb Simpson’s conservatively aggressive approach paying dividends

  Webb Simpson’s conservatively aggressive approach paying dividends Where did 19 under and a record seven-stroke Players lead come from at a tournament where Webb Simpson has never registered a top-15 finish? The answer lies in a new, conservatively aggressive approach. Or is it aggressively conservative? The technical explanation from Simpson and caddie Paul Tesori is an aggressive approach to conservative targets.Given the numbers - two eagles, 20 birdies, one three-putt and a field-best 5.371 strokes gained around the greens - Simpson's philosophic change warrants explanation.The magic started last month at Augusta National.

Webb Simpson had a great Friday at the Players Championship, with his caddy and best friend Paul Tesori by his side. Most Recent. Except in the case of Webb Simpson , your five -shot Friday leader at The Players Championship.

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"I was like, 'Webb, you're welcome buddy. Anything else you need, just let me know.'"

Then again, there was a happy epilogue. Simpson went more than four years without a win, but he cashed in in a big way last weekend at TPC Sawgrass, winning $1.98 million and adding the PGA Tour's biggest title to the U.S. Open he won in 2012. And Simpson did it all with Tesori by his side. The two comprise one of the closest player-caddie relationships on tour, in no small part because Tesori brings unique insight into the game as a good enough player to have played 21 events on tour himself and now having been on the bag for 20 PGA Tour wins

The affable Tesori, who grew up in Ponte Vedra, Fla., joined us on this week's podcast to discuss the struggles of the past few years, the reward of winning in his hometown and occasionally having to shack up with the boss.

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Breaking down the top 20 on the Official World Golf Ranking reveals an interesting trend in how the game's best golfers earn their rankings pointsIn all, there were 10 changes to the OWGR’s Top 20 after the Players. With such a heavy shake-up, now seems like the perfect time for a quick breakdown of the players residing at the very top of the game.

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