Simpson Ties Lead Despite Playing with Heavy Heart

Webb Simpson is hoping that impressive form will give his caddie something to smile about by delivering a 5-under 68 to put himself into a three-way tie for the lead with defending champion Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth at the Tournament of Champions.

Simpson played a good game under the sun, despite carrying with him a heavy heart. His caddie and friend Paul Tesori is currently in a hospital in Florida with newborn son Isaiah, who has been placed into intensive care. Simpson has said the child suffered a seizure shortly after being born with indications of an infection in his brain.

Another of Tesori’s friends and usual caddie for Bubba Watson, Ted Scott, is filling in this week as Simpson’s caddie. Tesori tweeted that he tuned into the broadcast at Kapalua in time to see his son’s name on Scott’s hat.

“Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day,” said Simpson. “And that’s what Teddy and I did. I felt like we were out there playing for Isaiah.

“Paul needs something to watch there in the hospital. It’s been a long few days, so hopefully, we gave him something good to see on TV. But it was tough. I was thinking about him a lot out there.”