Webb Simpson is in a great place to put a poor 2021 behind him.

“I love it here,” Simpson said Tuesday at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he will make his 2022 Sony Open debut. “I have good memories here. And this is a golf course that if I put the top five favorite courses for me and my game it would be one of them.

“It’s short, it’s tight, we have doglegs, we have wind, I love green Bermuda shorts.”

Also loves his room in Hawaii. He has finished T-4, 3 and T-4 in his last three starts at the Sony Open.

But there wasn’t much to like about 2021. After a two-game winning campaign in 2020, Simpson battled COVID-19, a prolonged flu and a chance neck injury that occurred. on the beach the day before the Wells Fargo Championship and forced him to retire. He only recorded five top-10s in 21 starts in 2021.

Webb Simpson reacts after his putt on the first hole in the Sony Open final at Waialae Country Club. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

His struggles – he fell from eighth in the world rankings to his current mark of 27e – meant he had missed this year’s Tour Championship, Ryder Cup and Sentry Tournament of Champions.

“These are my favorite events,” Simpson said. “So I felt like I had to do a little more work in the offseason, and that feels good. It’s great to play on a golf course that I love. We have wind. We get the items here. So I have the impression that my game is well placed.

“I am convinced that my best golf is in front of me. “

Being healthy helps and Simpson, 36, who counts the 2012 US Open and 2018 Players’ Championship among his seven titles, knows an eighth victory is just around the corner.

“2021 has been a frustrating year for me both physically and my golf performance, battling flu, COVID, neck injuries, and I feel like it has crept into my golf game. “, did he declare. “It’s been a disappointing year, I guess. I have a lot of sympathy for the guys who have been injured because I have never had any injuries and it really bothers you for a while.

“It hinders your training and it hinders your practice. I really try to make sure I’m healthy all year round. The neck injury was a fluke. But my body is strong and healthy now, so I’m ready.

Especially after a stop in Las Vegas to see swing trainer Butch Harmon in the fall.

“After the Shriners tournament I got a lesson from Butch Harmon, and Paulie (Tesori, his caddy) and I and Butch all agreed that I needed to master the golf ball more and dig a bit and we saw a few good ones. changes to the CJ Cup and it’s even better at RSM, ”said Simpson. “I took a month off and really worked on it and RSM was my best hitting the ball of the year (he finished tied for eighth), and that gave me a lot of hope for this season. “

As well as aiming for a rebound in 2022, another incentive will push him – the Presidents Club is in Quail Hollow in his hometown of Charlotte. His house is near the seventh tee; There he competed in the Wells Fargo Championship 10 times and the 2017 PGA Championship there. The Presidents Cup would complete the trio.

“It would be a dream come true to be part of this team,” he said.

Sony opens in Hawaii

Webb Simpson plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the Sony Open Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club on January 16, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

His quest begins this week at the Waialae Country Club. He’s been disappointed that he’s been so close to winning the Sony Open for the past three years, but he’s got a lot of self-confidence.

“Last year, how you still feel good after having had a good week, even though last year I made a big mistake, I remember 4th Sunday, a mental mistake. And then I did. par on 18 from the middle of the fairway on the second shot. So I was disappointed right after the round, “he said.” But, I take that and I just remember that I played well here. a few times i know how to play it i had chances i just didn’t do it so i really want to do it.