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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 ties course record, takes 5-shot lead at Players

  Simpson ties course record, takes 5-shot lead at Players Webb Simpson didn't miss anything except the island green at the TPC Sawgrass. Simpson was on the verge of shattering the course record at The Players Championship until he hit a sand wedge into the water on the notorious par-3 17th. He settled for a 9-under 63 to tie the course record, giving him a five-shot lead going into the weekend.Simpson was the seventh player to shoot 63, the last five since 2013.He was at 15-under 129, tying the 36-hole tournament record set by Jason Day two years ago.Charl Schwartzel (66), Patrick Cantlay (68) and Danny Lee (66) were five behind.

Simpson went more than four years without a win, but he cashed in in a big way last weekend at TPC Sawgrass, winning .98 million and adding the 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

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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.

Simpson confident, not over-confident following 'fun day' and 5-shot lead

  Simpson confident, not over-confident following 'fun day' and 5-shot lead Webb Simpson confident, not over-confident following a 'fun day' and five-shot leadThen came the 17th, and he went where so many have: In the water.

As a guest on this week' s Golf Digest Podcast, caddie Paul Tesori describes a particularly costly decision he helped making working with Webb Simpson .

Webb Simpson ' s caddie , Paul Tesori , says he cost the 2018 Players Championship winner about $ 5 million during the 2016 PGA Tour season. Webb Simpson earned .98 million for his blowout victory at the Players Championship last week, more than all he made for the entire 2016 season.

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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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