Tim Simpson

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Tim Simpson
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Timothy Jay Simpson
Born (1956-05-06) May 6, 1956 (age 58)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Greensboro, Georgia
Career
College University of Georgia
Turned professional 1977
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T18: 1985
U.S. Open T5: 1990
The Open Championship T12: 1990
PGA Championship T8: 1990

Timothy Jay Simpson (born May 6, 1956) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour, and currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Simpson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended high school at Woodward Academy where he was the Atlanta Junior Champion, Georgia Junior Champion and Westlake National Junior Champion.[1] He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and was a member of the golf team. He left college early and turned professional at age 20. He earned his tour card at 21 years, 2 months.[1]

Simpson's first win in professional golf came at the 1982 Cacheral World Championship in Nimes, France. His first PGA Tour win came three seasons later at the 1985 Southern Open. His career year was 1989 when he captured the PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year award, and won two Tour events: the USF&G Classic and the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. He had another good year in 1990: repeating as Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic Champion, and posting his best finishes in the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.[2] Simson was awarded the 1990 Georgia Professional Athlete of the Year award. He has 66 Top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events.

Simpson's PGA Tour career was brought to a sudden end due to his contracting Lyme Disease on a hunting trip in 1991, and the neurological pathological condition resulting from it. He has had brain surgery and spinal fusion surgery. In his late thirties and forties, his health improved enough to allow him to play some on the Nationwide Tour. His best finishes in this venue were a 2nd at the 1995 NIKE Buffalo Open and a T-2 at the 1995 NIKE South Carolina Classic.

During his career Simpson was called one of the greatest ball strikers in the games history by golfing greats Butch Harmon, Jack Nicklaus, and Johnny Miller.[1] His weakness was in his short game. Early in his career, he was mentored by long-time friends, Sam Snead and J. C. Snead.[3]

Simpson was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. He began play on the Champions Tour in 2006.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (9)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 6, 1985 Southern Open –16 (64-64-69-67=264) 2 strokes United States Clarence Rose
2 Mar 26, 1989 USF&G Classic –14 (68-67-70-69=274) 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman, United States Hal Sutton
3 Oct 21, 1989 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic –16 (65-67-70-70=272) 1 stroke United States Donnie Hammond
4 Oct 20, 1990 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic –24 (64-64-65-71=264) 1 stroke United States John Mahaffey

Other wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T18 CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T37 T43 DNP T32 T11 T46 CUT T14 CUT CUT T5 T26 DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T45 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T12 T57 DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP CUT T36 T25 CUT CUT T43 CUT T27 T8 CUT DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
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 0 1 6 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 12 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 5
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 7 32 17
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1983 U.S. Open – 1985 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bio from Georgia Golf Hall of Fame". Retrieved 7 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Golf Major Championships". 
  3. ^ "Bio on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved 7 August 2006. 

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