Webb Simpson Profile
|Born||Aug 08, 1985|
|Birthplace||Raleigh, North Carolina, United States|
Webb Simpson's career has almost been conducted in reverse - he quickly won a first Major and only a few years later did he become one of the PGA Tour's most consistently impressive performers.
One of the PGA Tour's great family men, Webb Simpson converted the promise of his amateur career when he won his first, and to date only, Major at the 2012 US Open.
Six years later he added further garnish to his CV with victory in THE PLAYERS Championship - the so-called "fifth Major".
More than an individual star, Simpson has also represented the United States as both an amateur and a professional with great success.
While still in college, he played his way into the 2007 Walker Cup team, which also featured future PGA Tour stars Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson. In the same year, he was selected for the United States' Palmer Cup team.
He has since been a part of three Presidents Cup-winning teams but has been on the losing side in all three Ryder Cups in which he has participated.
Simpson has successfully adapted his game after the decision to ban the anchored putting stroke in 2016, turning the biggest weakness in his game into a strength.
He has also sought an increase in power off the tee in a bid to keep up with the PGA Tour's bombers, but his iron play remains the bedrock of his game.
In July 2020, he reached a career-high ranking of fourth shortly after claiming his seventh Tour victory at the rescheduled RBC Heritage Classic.
Simpson launched his amateur career while attending Needham B. Broughton High School, earning himself an Arnold Palmer Scholarship to attend Wake Forest University.
While in high school, Simpson won the Cap-7 Conference Player of the Year three times. He then won ACC Freshman of the Year in his first season as a WFU Deacon.
Simpson was also named the 2006 Player of the Year by the Carolinas Golf Association on top of earning medalist honors at the Collegiate Championships.
He was selected for the United States team for the 2006 World Amateur Team Championship but was forced to withdraw from the event with a broken hand.
During his stint in collegiate golf, Simpson earned All-American Honors three times and represented the United States in both the Walker Cup and the Palmer Cup.
After entering the paid ranks in 2008, Simpson joined the Nationwide Tour and played scattered events on the PGA Tour through sponsor's exemptions.
He earned his card for 2009 at the PGA Tour's qualifying school by finishing tied seventh. After a promising start, Simpson then endured a horror run of results through the spring of 2009, missing the cut in nine out of 13 events.
Simpson did not record a tour win in his first two full seasons but did manage six top-ten finishes and banked more than $2million in prize money.
He came agonizingly close to recording his first tour win early in 2011, bogeying the final hole of the Transitions Championship and losing a playoff to Bubba Watson to miss out on the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
In August 2011, however, he broke his duck with a three stroke victory at the Wyndham Championship and a few weeks later he won a playoff to claim the Deutsche Bank Championship.
US Open triumph
Simpson returned a mixed bag of results at the start of the 2012 season, recording a string of top-10 finishes before missing the cut at both THE PLAYERS Championship and The Memorial Tournament.
Those results left him flying under the radar come US Open time and, after the first round, he was fully six shots off the lead.
Moreover, he was 5-over-par after 36 holes and didn't appear to be figuring in the championship shake-up, even when he shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday.
This meant he started the final day in a tie for eighth, four strokes off leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell, but another steady 68 in the final round set a decent clubhouse target.
Having finished his round, Simpson faced a nervous wait, but his angst would turn to joy as McDowell was unable to sink a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff.
The victory saw Simpson jump nine places in the official rankings to assume a career-high fifth place.
He immediately took a short break from golf, skipping the British Open, to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.
A winless run and return to form
In 2013, Simpson did not mount a significant challenge at any of the majors, although he did record his fourth PGA Tour win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
That triumph would be Simpson's last for nearly five years as he endured a long and trying trophy drought.
The desperate streak would see him slide away from golf's elite and into the PGA Tour wilderness.
Simpson bounced back in May 2018, reminding the golfing world of his talent when he sensationally won THE PLAYERS Championship.
He led by five shots at halfway and seven after 54 holes before a final round 73 safely confirmed a four shot victory and a return to the big-time.
He was again consistent without winning a tournament in 2019 but reached new heights the following year.
During the coronavirus-hit 2020 season, Simpson began another charge up the rankings by winning the Phoenix Open shortly before the Tour shut down.
Once the Tour resumed, Simpson picked up where he left off and enjoyed his seventh career victory at the RBC Heritage Classic in South Carolina.
Webb Simpson's personal life
A devout Christian who wears his faith on his sleeve, Simpson is the product of a large religious family from Raleigh, North Carolina.
He majored in religion at Wake Forest University, where he met his wife, Taylor Dowd Keith.
His father reportedly offered $100 for Keith to go on a date with Webb, but that meeting never materialized and they would later become acquainted through a friend.
The couple ended their relationship after college before getting back together a few months later and becoming engaged.
Keith studied theatre and pursued acting in Atlanta and Los Angeles before settling down with Simpson.
The couple have five children including a daughter named Wyndham Rose in honor of Simpson's first tour win.
Webb Simpson's net worth
A consistent PGA Tour performer, Simpson is in the all-time top 20 money earners, having secured over $40million in prize money since turning professional in 2008. He won a cool $8million for finishing top of the pile at the 2012 US Open.
Simpson's net worth has been estimated at around $16million, and he enjoys marketing relationships with Izod, Burns & Wilcox, and Empower Retirement.
His equipment is sponsored by Titleist, who have been associated with him since before he turned professional.
Webb Simpson News
- Feb 26, 2021