Bubba Watson captured his third career PGA Tour title on Sunday with a playoff victory at the 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans over Webb Simpson. Watson birdied the second playoff hole, the par-5 18th at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana to nab his second victory of 2011. His first came at the Farmers Insurance classic at Torrey Pines back in January.
With Sunday's win, Watson moves to the top of the FedEx Cup Points list from the 10th position at the beginning of the week. Luke Donald, Mark Wilson, Phil Mickelson, and Martin Laird round out the top five.
The runner-up finish was Webb Simpson's second of the year. He finished second to Gary Woodland at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort in March. In both tournaments, Simpson has had a chance to win outright on the 72nd hole of regulation nd has ultimately fallen short. at the Transitions, he bogeyed the final hole to give Woodland the victory outright, and at the Zurich, he missed a birdie putt from just inside 15 feet that would have given him his first PGA Tour victory. Even though Simpson will have to wait for his breakout win, his efforts in Louisiana moved him up to 10th on the FedEx Cup Points list from 24th, and his $691,200 payday moves him up to 11th on the money list for the year.
The three players in the field with strong Connecticut ties--Jerry Kelly, Tim Petrovic, and J.J. Henry--all missed the cut at the TPC Louisiana.
The PGA Tour returns to action next Thursday with the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.