Webb Simpson has admitted he now feels well rested and ready for the defence of his Shriners Hospitals for Children Open title this week (Simpson 20/1 Tournament Outright).
The 29-year-old was part of the USA Ryder Cup team that were sent home from Gleneagles with their tails between their legs by Europe a few weeks ago and has not played competitively since.
He admits that the experience in Scotland was not an enjoyable one, as he only played in two matches throughout the three days of competition. But now it is back to the day job of performing on the PGA Tour and the chance to defend a title for the fourth time in his career.
The North Carolina resident eased to a six-stroke victory in the tournament last year, finishing on 24-under par on what is generally a birdie-friendly course at TPC Summerlin.
Simpson enjoyed an up-and-down end to last season, with three missed cuts and three top-10 finishes in his last nine events prior to the Ryder Cup.
And now, after a couple of weeks away from the pressures of tournament golf, the 2012 US Open winner appears eager to get back onto the Las Vegas course and fight for the title once again.
“What I needed was to get away from the game,” he said. “I needed a break. I needed to decompress, and I feel like I always play well after a break.
“I always seem to be hungrier and prepared when I have some time off.”
Simpson will be joined in the field by FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel (14/1 fav), with fellow Ryder Cup player Jimmy Walker (20/1) and last week’s winner, Sang-Moon Bae, also set to tee it up in Nevada.