Webb Simpson has heaped praise on warm tournament favourite and defending Wells Fargo champion Rory McIlroy ahead of this week's tournament at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.
McIlroy, who has won this event three times down the years albeit on a different golf course at Quail Hollow, is now one of four player directors on the PGA Tour's policy board along with Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman and James Hahn.
And that is something Simpson fully backs in 2022.
"Yeah, I mean he's proven himself on the golf course," Simpson said of McIlroy ahead of this week's Wells Fargo Championship.
"I think he's proven himself off the golf course. He's a leader I think for us in a lot of ways.
"Very articulate, and he's been a global player for a long time, so I think his opinions matter.
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"Him being on the [PGA Tour] board now, I think he brings a lot to the table."
"He's certainly a guy who I think has been fun to listen to because he's not just going to give you the right answers, he's going to give you what he thinks.
"That's really good I think for a leader for us players to have that."
Here's how PGA Tour fans reacted to Webb's comments:
"Almost as good as Rory just talking. Webb is right - he’s rubbing off on the rest of them."
"Love Rory in a press conference, always great value. Just says it how it is. Fully respect that."
"Rory is a gift, and so is Webb. What a time for golf."
"Honest Rory may be, and accomplished as a player, without doubt. I'd question how genuinely bright he is, however."
McIlroy, a 20-time PGA Tour winner, is bidding to win the Wells Fargo Championship for a fourth time this week, while seven-time PGA Tour winner Simpson is looking to rediscover some form on the circuit having failed to win a tournament for nearly two years now.