WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - The back nine at Old White TPC reached out and snagged Webb Simpson for the second year in a row.
After the U.S. Open champion saw his Greenbrier Classic hopes go down in a blaze of four bogeys in five holes, he had another top-10 finish that felt almost like a missed cut.
He finished with a 3-over 73, including a painful 4 over on the back. That allowed Troy Kelly, who was in his twosome, PGA Tour rookie Ted Potter Jr. and a few others to charge past him.
In the 2011 Classic, Simpson took the lead with nine holes left, and promptly bogeyed the 10th and 13th. He finished with a 2-over 38 on that back nine, putting him two shots out of a playoff.
On Sunday, he fell to 11 over, five shots out.
"I think it's a funny game," Simpson said. "I mean, you go from not making any mistakes at all to making them all on the back nine. I felt good out there, I felt in control of my game, and I don't know.
"It's hard to say now, but I'm sure in a couple days I'll look back and kind of see probably some similar things that happened to me."
Simpson entered the day with a two-shot lead over Kelly, but that lead was gone in five holes. Kelly scored birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 5, and Simpson tied it back up with a birdie on No. 7.