February 2, 2020 / 12:55 AM / in 6 months

When fans' hands went up, Simpson knew something special happened

Feb 1, 2020; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Webb Simpson hits from the 18th fairway during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Webb Simpson never saw his best shot of the day drop in the hole at Phoenix Open on Saturday.

“I quit watching it,” the five-times PGA Tour winner said of the seven iron, 180-yard shot that fell in the hole at the 12th green for an ace.

“I can’t see the greens that well when they are firm like this, so I stopped watching it,” he told PGA Tour Radio.

“I’m watching the crowd on the right side of the hill and they are kind of getting excited. I was kind of like ‘What are they getting exciting about?’

“All of a sudden their hands go up .... so it was fun. A good moment.”

The ace helped pull Simpson into a share of the third round lead with Tony Finau before a bogey at the 17th hole dropped Simpson one shot back.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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