Webb Simpson

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Webb Simpson
Simpson at the 2012 RBC Heritage
Personal information
Full nameJames Frederick Webb Simpson
Born (1985-08-08) August 8, 1985 (age 38)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceCharlotte, North Carolina
Taylor Dowd Keith
(m. 2010)
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional2008
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
Professional wins7
Highest ranking4 (July 5, 2020)[2]
(as of May 19, 2024)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour7
European Tour1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT5: 2019
PGA ChampionshipT13: 2016
U.S. OpenWon: 2012
The Open ChampionshipT12: 2018
Achievements and awards
Byron Nelson Award2019–20
Vardon Trophy2020

James Frederick Webb Simpson (born August 8, 1985) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour who won the 2012 U.S. Open and the 2018 Players Championship.

As an amateur, he was a member of the United States' victorious 2007 Walker Cup and 2007 Palmer Cup teams. In college, Simpson played on the Wake Forest University golf team on the Arnold Palmer scholarship.

After turning professional, Simpson played on the Nationwide Tour where he finished in second place twice. Simpson qualified for the PGA Tour after his tie for seventh at the 2008 PGA Tour Qualifying School. In 2011, Simpson had his first two victories on the PGA Tour, which came at the Wyndham Championship and at the Deutsche Bank Championship, a FedEx Cup playoff event. These wins helped him finish in second on the Tour's money list. He was also a member of the United States' victorious 2011 Presidents Cup, 2013 Presidents Cup and 2019 Presidents Cup teams.

Amateur career[edit]

Simpson played high school golf at Needham B. Broughton High School before his collegiate golf career at Wake Forest University on an Arnold Palmer Scholarship.[3] He was a three-time All-American and the ACC Player of the Year in 2008. He played on the victorious 2007 Walker Cup team and the 2007 Palmer Cup team.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

After turning professional in June 2008, Simpson played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour on sponsor's exemptions. He recorded two runner-up finishes on the Nationwide Tour, including a loss in a playoff at the Chattanooga Classic. He then competed in the PGA Tour's qualifying school and finished T7 to earn his Tour card for 2009. He had a successful start to his rookie year with two successive top-10s, finished tied 9th at the Sony Open in Hawaii and tied 5th-place finish at the Bob Hope Classic. Simpson then went on a run of poor results, missing nine of his next thirteen cuts, before steadying his season that summer with some solid displays to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. There he finished 8th at The Barclays to ensure further progression to the second and third playoff events before being eliminated in 62nd position. He ended the season with four top-10 finishes and retained his tour card ranked 70th on the money list.

Simpson's 2010 season was less successful, with only two top-ten finishes all season, both of these occurring towards the latter end of the season. His season took a similar pattern to his first on tour when he missed six straight cuts in the middle of season, before a strong summer saw him make six of next eight cuts to again qualify for the season ending playoffs. This time, however Simpson missed the cut at the second playoff event and was eliminated. He finished the year 94th on the money list to keep his playing privileges for the 2011 season.


Simpson (second from left) and Bubba Watson (third from left) at the 2011 Presidents Cup

After starting the season well with three top-25 finishes in his opening five events on tour, Simpson had a chance to win his first PGA Tour title at the 2011 Transitions Championship but bogeyed the final hole, missing out by one stroke to Gary Woodland.[4] Simpson then came even closer to his first career PGA Tour title when he lost out in a playoff to Bubba Watson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. At the 15th hole Simpson had incurred a one stroke penalty when his ball moved fractionally while he was addressing the ball.[5] This meant that Watson could tie with Simpson to take the tournament into a playoff. The two players were tied at 15-under-par after the full 72 holes. Both players made a birdie on the first extra hole, the 18th, with Watson holing a 12 footer to take the playoff to a second hole. When they replayed the 18th hole for a third time in succession, Simpson missed exactly the same putt for birdie which Watson had holed earlier during the first playoff hole, allowing Watson to tap in for the victory.[6] In June, Simpson played in his first major championship at the U.S. Open and recorded a tied 14th finish. He followed it up with another top-20 showing at The Open Championship a month later.

Simpson won his first PGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, his home state, on August 21, 2011. Simpson won the championship by three strokes over George McNeill, carding a final round of 67, which included three birdies and no bogeys.[7] After achieving his first victory so close to home, Simpson said "I really couldn't think of a better place to win than here in Greensboro. That was probably the most fun 18 holes I've ever been a part of." As a result of this victory, one week before the season ending FedEx Cup playoffs, Simpson jumped to third in the overall standings. In September, Simpson won his second tournament of the 2011 PGA Tour season and of his career, at the second FedEx Cup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship. He beat Chez Reavie in a sudden death playoff. Simpson made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to cut Reavie's lead to one and when Reavie bogeyed the 18th, they went into a playoff replaying the 18th hole. Simpson made another 12-foot birdie putt to stay alive while Reavie made birdie. On the 17th hole Simpson hit his second shot on the par-4 to 8 feet and Reavie replied by hitting his to within 20 feet. Reavie shaved the edge with his attempt, allowing Simpson to capitalize by knocking his 8 footer in for the victory.[8] Simpson moved to first in the FedEx Cup standings for the first time in his career.

Simpson was also in contention at the third FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship, before scores of 73–71 on the weekend led to a fifth-placed finish. He maintained his lead of the FedEx Cup standings going into the final playoff event at the Tour Championship. Bill Haas won the Tour Championship to finish top of the standings by 15 points, with Simpson in second place after finishing 22nd in the field of 30 players.[9]

Simpson came close to picking up his third victory of the year at the McGladrey Classic in October but lost to Ben Crane in a playoff. Simpson missed a three footer for par on the second extra hole to lose out to Crane. The runner-up finish made him number one on the money list, overtaking Luke Donald with one week remaining. Donald however won the final event of the season at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to beat Simpson to the money title meaning he finished second on the 2011 PGA Tour money list. He finished the year with a record of 23 cuts made in 26 starts and well over $6 million in prize money. In November, Simpson represented the United States at the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia, for the first time in his career. He posted a 3–2 record, helping the United States defeat the International team, 19–15.


Simpson opened the 2012 season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions where he finished tied for third place, four shots off the winning total of Steve Stricker. He then recorded top-10s at both the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Transitions Championship to maintain his solid start to the year. Then at the Wells Fargo Championship Simpson finished fourth after holding the 54-hole lead. He made a late bogey in his final round on Sunday to finish a shot outside of a playoff. On May 14, he missed the cut at The Players Championship to end a run of 18 consecutive cuts made in PGA Tour events. This was also the first time he had missed the cut in the 2012 season, after 11 straight cuts made. He then proceeded to miss the cut in his next event at the Memorial Tournament.

2012 U.S. Open win[edit]

On June 17, Simpson won the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.[10] He shot a two-under 68 in the final round for a final score of one-over par. It was good enough to win by one stroke over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson.[11] McDowell missed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have forced a playoff. It was Simpson's first major championship win.[12] The win moved Simpson to a career-high fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking.[13]

Rest of 2012[edit]

Following his victory at the U.S. Open, Simpson announced his intention to skip The Open Championship the following month, as his wife was due to give birth to their second child.[14] He finished in a tie for 29th at the Travelers Championship the week after winning the U.S. Open. In July, Simpson held a two stroke lead going into the final round of the Greenbrier Classic. He had only one bogey all tournament before bogeying four of five holes on the back nine, finishing in a tie for seventh place. Having withdrawn from The Open Championship, Simpson did not compete until at the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. He started the first round at six-over-par through seven holes on his way to an opening round of 79. Despite shooting an even-par round in difficult conditions, he missed the cut by one stroke. On August 13, Simpson was confirmed as one of the automatic qualifiers for the 2012 Ryder Cup team, finishing in 5th place in the final standings. It would be Simpson's first appearance in the team event.


In April, Simpson lost a playoff in the RBC Heritage to Graeme McDowell. In the season's final event, Simpson shot a 63 in the final round of the Tour Championship to finish in fourth place. Simpson had five top-tens and finished 20th on the PGA Tour's money list. Following the season, Simpson was a member of the winning American team in the Presidents Cup played at Murfield Village in Ohio.


Simpson won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, the second event in the tour's new wrap-around season in October 2013, by six strokes. It was Simpson's first victory since his U.S. Open win and fourth PGA Tour win of his career. For the season Simpson had a total of nine top-tens and finished 17th on the PGA Tour's money list. Simpson was selected by Tom Watson as one of his three captain's picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup team, finishing with a record of 0–1–1 in the two matches he participated in. This included a halved match against Ian Poulter in the singles competition.[15]


Simpson was winless for the season though he did have five top-ten finishes. Simpson's highest finish was a tie for second at the Wells Fargo Championship which was won by seven strokes in a record-setting performance by Rory McIlroy. For the season Simpson finished 43rd on the PGA Tour's money list. For the first time in five years, Simpson did not represent the United States in a year-end international competition.


Simpson won the 2018 Players Championship at 18 under par. He began the final round with the largest Sunday lead ever at this event and, even though he double-bogeyed the final hole, his round of 73 was good enough for the win. This was his first win in four years. Simpson won for the fifth time in his career and moved to No. 20 in the world rankings and took home $1.98 million, the second-largest tournament payoff, behind only the U.S. Open.[16]

In September 2018, Simpson qualified for the U.S. team participating in the 2018 Ryder Cup. Europe defeated the U.S. team 17 1/2 to 10 1/2. Simpson went 2–1–0. He won his singles match against Justin Rose.[17]


In December 2019, Simpson played on the U.S. team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. Simpson went 1–3–0 and won his Sunday singles match against An Byeong-hun.[18]


In February, Simpson won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff over Tony Finau, a result that lifted him back into the world top 10 for the first time since 2012.[19] In June, Simpson won the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina by one stroke over Abraham Ancer.[20]

Junior tournament[edit]

Simpson founded an annual junior golf tournament with friend and current director Mark Bentley in 2010. The tournament is currently called the Webb Simpson Challenge.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Simpson was born on August 8, 1985, in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Evander Samuel "Sam" Simpson III and Debbie Webb Simpson, the fifth of six children.[3][22] Simpson is a Christian. After his first PGA tour win, he thanked his "...Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ".[23] Simpson frequently posts Bible verses and other statements about his faith on his Twitter account.[24]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (7)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

Major championships (1)
Players Championships (1)
FedEx Cup playoff events (1)
Other PGA Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Aug 21, 2011 Wyndham Championship 66-65-64-67=262 −18 3 strokes United States George McNeill
2 Sep 5, 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship 69-68-67-65=269 −15 Playoff United States Chez Reavie
3 Jun 17, 2012 U.S. Open 72-73-68-68=281 +1 1 stroke Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell, United States Michael Thompson
4 Oct 20, 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 64-63-67-66=260 −24 6 strokes United States Jason Bohn, Japan Ryo Ishikawa
5 May 13, 2018 The Players Championship 66-63-68-73=270 −18 4 strokes United States Xander Schauffele, South Africa Charl Schwartzel,
United States Jimmy Walker
6 Feb 2, 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open 71-63-64-69=267 −17 Playoff United States Tony Finau
7 Jun 21, 2020 RBC Heritage 65-65-68-64=262 −22 1 stroke Mexico Abraham Ancer

PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans United States Bubba Watson Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship United States Chez Reavie Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2011 McGladrey Classic United States Ben Crane Lost to par on second extra hole
4 2013 RBC Heritage Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell Lost to par on first extra hole
5 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open Japan Hideki Matsuyama Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
6 2019 RSM Classic United States Tyler Duncan Lost to birdie on second extra hole
7 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open United States Tony Finau Won with birdie on first extra hole

Playoff record[edit]

Nationwide Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2008 Chattanooga Classic India Arjun Atwal Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2012 U.S. Open 4 shot deficit +1 (72-73-68-68=281) 1 stroke Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell, United States Michael Thompson

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T44 CUT CUT T28 T29 CUT T20
U.S. Open T14 1 T32 T45 T46 CUT T35 T10
The Open Championship T16 T64 CUT T40 T39 T37 T12
PGA Championship CUT CUT T25 CUT T54 T13 T33 T19
Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Masters Tournament T5 T10 T12 T35
PGA Championship T29 T37 T30 T20 CUT
U.S. Open T16 T8 CUT CUT
The Open Championship T30 NT T19 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 2 4 11 8
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 4 13 9
U.S. Open 1 0 0 1 3 5 12 9
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 8
Totals 1 0 0 2 5 16 46 34
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (2017 U.S. Open – 2021 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2020 U.S. Open – 2020 Masters)

The Players Championship[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2018 The Players Championship 7 shot lead −18 (66-63-68-73=270) 4 strokes United States Xander Schauffele, South Africa Charl Schwartzel,
United States Jimmy Walker

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship CUT CUT T69 CUT T15 CUT T66 T16 1 T16
Tournament 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
The Players Championship C CUT CUT CUT CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Canceled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Championship T35 T20 T47 T7 T37 T39 T61 T6
Match Play R64 QF R16 T17 T58 T29 T56 NT1 T28 T35
Invitational T14 T31 T25 T24 2 T12 T15
Champions NT1 NT1 NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = no tournament
"T" = tied
Note that the Championship and Invitational were discontinued from 2022.

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Season Starts Cuts made Wins (Majors) Top 10 Top 25 Earnings ($) Money list rank
2006 1 0 0 0 0 0
2008 6 3 0 0 0 38,460 250
2009 30 17 0 4 8 1,249,674 70
2010 31 18 0 2 7 972,962 94
2011 26 23 2 12 21 6,347,353 2
2012 22 18 1 (1) 7 10 3,436,758 17
2013 25 21 0 5 15 2,957,582 20
2014 25 19 1 9 11 3,539,601 17
2015 22 19 0 5 8 2,046,260 43
2016 20 15 0 2 7 1,450,355 73
2017 28 23 0 6 12 3,209,646 23
2018 26 23 1 9 16 5,376,417 9
2019 21 20 0 6 15 4,690,572 10
2020 14 12 2 8 10 5,097,742 5
Career* 297 231 7 (1) 75 140 40,413,381 19

*As of the 2020 season.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Week 27 2020 Ending 5 Jul 2020" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Webb Simpson". Wake Forest Sports. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "Simpson denied first PGA Tour win by Woodland". PGA Tour. March 20, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  5. ^ "Simpson issued one-shot penalty". PGA Tour. May 2, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Simpson loses out in playoff to Bubba Watson in New Orleans". Sky Sports. May 2, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Simpson claims first win on the PGA Tour". PGA Tour. August 21, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "Simpson seals Deutsche Bank Fed Ex playoff win". BBC Sport. September 5, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Simpson pipped to FedEx Cup by Bill Haas". PGA Tour. September 25, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  10. ^ "US Open: Webb Simpson beats McDowell at the Olympic Club". BBC Sport. June 18, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  11. ^ "Webb Simpson wins US Open". Fox Sports. Associated Press. June 18, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  12. ^ Ferguson, Doug (June 17, 2012). "Webb Simpson wins US Open". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  13. ^ "Simpson fifth in OWGR; one player up 560 spots". Golf Channel. June 18, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  14. ^ "Webb Simpson withdraws from Open as wife is due to give birth". BBC Sport. July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "Ryder Cup Golf Leaderboard". ESPN. September 28, 2014.
  16. ^ "Webb Simpson completes big win at Players Championship". ESPN. Associated Press. May 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Europe wins back Ryder Cup, beating US 17 1/2-10 1/2". The Hamilton Spectator. The Canadian Press. September 30, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  18. ^ Dusek, David (December 15, 2019). "Presidents Cup grades: Captains, Royal Melbourne score high marks". Golfweek.
  19. ^ Gray, Will (February 2, 2020). "Power of precision: Simpson stays true to roots to beat heavy-hitting Finau". Golf Channel.
  20. ^ Piastowski, Nick (June 21, 2020). "Webb Simpson wins RBC Heritage by one stroke over Abraham Ancer". Golf Magazine.
  21. ^ "Webb Simpson Challenge". Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  22. ^ Simpson, Dowd (November 12, 2011). "My husband, the Tour pro: 18 things about Simpson". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  23. ^ "Webb Simpson Gives Jesus Christ Credit in First PGA Tour Win". August 22, 2011.
  24. ^ "Webb Simpson".

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