Webb Simpson wins Las Vegas event

Las Vegas: Former US Open champion Webb Simpson shot a closing five-under 66 on Sunday as he cruised to a six shot victory at the PGA Tour`s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Simpson, who earned his fourth career win on the USPGA Tour, finished the tournament at 24-under-par 260.

"This year I felt like I have gotten better," Simpson said. "I just haven`t gotten a win and I was close at Hilton Head, but we`ve been working hard and it`s just nice to finish the year off with a W and get back to Hawaii."

Japan`s Ryo Ishikawa (65) and Jason Bohn (66) tied for second place at Summerlin course at 18-under, while Charley Hoffman (64) finished alone in fourth at minus-17.

Luke Guthrie (64), Troy Matteson (64), Charles Howell (65) and Chesson Hadley (70) tied for fifth place at 16-under 268.

Simpson began the day with a four-stroke lead and quickly added to that with back-to-back 15-foot birdies at No. 2 and No. 3 to move to 21-under.

He easily maintained the lead from there.

"I was playing, good solid golf," he said. "I didn`t look at any leaderboards all day, but the course is drying out and I knew it was playing tough.

"That three-putt (No. 12) kind of set me back a little bit, but it was nice to birdie 13 and then I made a couple more birdies, which is a good feeling."

He drained a long birdie putt on No. 9 to finish with a 32 on the front. That gave him a six-shot lead over five players.

A three-putt bogey at the 12th cut Simpson`s lead to three, but he bounced right back with three birdies over his next four holes to pull away for good.

He parred his final two holes, including a 25-foot putt at 18, to close out the victory.

Bohn capped a run of five birdies over an eight-hole stretch with consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th to pull within four of the lead at 18-under.

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