Scott Simpson (golfer)

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Scott Simpson
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Scott William Simpson
Born (1955-09-17) September 17, 1955 (age 58)
San Diego, California
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence San Diego, California
Career
College University of Southern California
Turned professional 1977
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 16
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 7
Japan Golf Tour 3
Champions Tour 1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T7: 1990
U.S. Open Won: 1987
The Open Championship T9: 1993
PGA Championship T6: 1984, 1993

Scott William Simpson (born September 17, 1955) is an American professional golfer.

Simpson was born in San Diego, California, and played college golf at the University of Southern California, where he was two-time medalist at the NCAA Championship in 1976 and 1977. He turned professional in 1977 and graduated in 1978. He played on the PGA Tour from 1979, and won seven PGA Tour events between 1980 and 1998.

The highlight of Simpson's career was the U.S. Open in 1987 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, his only major title. He birdied the 14th, 15th, and 16th holes of the final round to overtake Tom Watson by one stroke and finished with a three under par total of 277.

Simpson became eligible to play senior golf in 2005 and won his first Champions Tour title in 2006.

In team competition, Simpson played for the United States in the Walker Cup in 1977 and the Ryder Cup in 1987. He lists bible study among his interests and attributes his success to it. He and his wife Cheryl have two children: Brea Yoshiko and Sean.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (16)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 6, 1980 Western Open 70-69-70-72=281 −7 5 strokes United States Andy Bean
2 Jun 10, 1984 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic 66-68-70-65=269 −15 5 strokes Australia David Graham, United States Jay Haas,
United States Mark O'Meara
3 Apr 5, 1987 Greater Greensboro Open 67-69-63-70=269 −15 2 strokes United States Clarence Rose
4 Jun 21, 1987 U.S. Open 71-68-70-68=277 −3 1 stroke United States Tom Watson
5 May 28, 1989 BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic 72-68-71-67=278 −17 Playoff United States Bob Tway
6 May 16, 1993 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic 65-66-68-71=270 −10 1 stroke United States Billy Mayfair, United States Corey Pavin,
United States D. A. Weibring
7 Feb 8, 1998 Buick Invitational 69-71-64=204 −12 Playoff United States Skip Kendall

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1983 Kemper Open Taiwan T.C. Chen, United States Fred Couples
United States Barry Jaeckel, United States Gil Morgan
Couples won with birdie on second extra hole
Jaeckel eliminated with par on first hole
2 1989 BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic United States Bob Tway Won with par on first extra hole
3 1991 U.S. Open United States Payne Stewart Lost 18-hole playoff (Stewart:75, Simpson:77)
4 1994 Southwestern Bell Colonial Zimbabwe Nick Price Lost to birdie on first extra hole
5 1998 Buick Invitational United States Skip Kendall Won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)[edit]

Other wins (5)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 Sep 3, 2006 Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach 67-69-68=204 −12 1 stroke United States David Edwards, United States Jay Haas

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1987 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit −3 (71-68-70-68=277) 1 stroke United States Tom Watson

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP 11 40 T41 T25 T27 CUT T38
U.S. Open T45 T23 T15 T13 T25 T15 CUT 1 T6 T6
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T65 T62 DNP T26
PGA Championship T30 CUT T32 T9 T6 T12 T41 T47 CUT T53
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Masters Tournament T7 T22 T13 T11 T27 DNP T29 DNP CUT
U.S. Open T14 2 T64 T46 T55 T28 T40 CUT 58
The Open Championship T39 T57 DNP T9 CUT CUT T33 DNP DNP
PGA Championship T66 CUT DNP T6 CUT T54 CUT DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 6 15 12
U.S. Open 1 1 0 2 4 10 19 17
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 3 4 17 11
Totals 1 1 0 2 9 21 60 47
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1982 U.S. Open – 1986 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1993 Open Championship – 1993 PGA)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

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