Webb Simpson Profile & Career Highlights

Updated January 17, 2023
Webb Simpson at the 2022 Masters
    Webb Simpson at the 2022 Masters
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Webb Simpson is an American professional golfer from Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University before turning pro in 2008. Simpson has seven wins on the PGA Tour including his most notable victory at the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.

Webb Simpson Quick Facts

Born August 8, 1985
Hometown Raleigh, North Carolina
College Wake Forest University
Turned Pro 2008
Major Championship Wins 1
PGA Tour Wins 7
Total Professional Wins 8
Career Earnings $44,260,188
Spouse Taylor Dowd Keith

*wins and career earnings current through December 2022

Webb Simpson Career Highlights

Webb Simpson has been one of the most accomplished golfers since turning pro in 2008. He peaked at No. 4 in the Official World Golf Rankings in July 2020. Prior to his successful professional career, Simpson played his collegiate golf at Wake Forest University on an Arnold Palmer Scholarship. Simpson was a three-time All-American and the ACC Player of the Year in 2008.

After turning pro, Simpson joined the Nationwide Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour) and played on sponsor’s exemptions. He had two runner-up finishes before earning his PGA Tour card for the 2009 season. That year, Simpson placed in the top 10 in his first two PGA Tour starts, but then failed to make the cut in his next 13 events.

2011 was Simpson's true breakout season, as he recorded three top-25s in his first five starts. He then finished 14th in the U.S. Open and 16th at the British Open, showing progress in major championships. In his home state of North Carolina, Simpson claimed his first PGA Tour win at the Wyndham Championship. His final-round score of 67 was three shots better than George McNeill. The following month, he won a FedEx Cup playoff event at the Deutsche Bank Championship where he beat Chez Reavie in a sudden-death playoff.

In 2012, Simpson started the season with 11 straight made cuts, which included four top-10s. His great play led into the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco. It was there where Simpson claimed his first major championship by posting a final round of 68 and finishing one-over par for the tournament. Simpson won by a single shot over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson. McDowell had a chance to force a playoff with Simpson but missed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole.

Simpson didn't win again in 2012, and he even skipped the British Open that year with his wife close to giving birth to their second child.

Since his major championship success, Webb Simpson has won four more PGA Tour events, including the 2018 Players Championship. He opened the final round with the largest lead in tournament history, seven strokes, and ultimately won by four over Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, and Jimmy Walker.

Webb Simpson has been a part of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams (2012, 2014, 2018) and three Presidents Cup teams (2011, 2013, 2019). His career earnings are $44,260,188.

Simpson’s golf swing is highlighted by his rhythmic tempo and superior balance; he also produces great lag on his downswing. Somewhat unorthodox, Simpson has a very strong left hand in his grip, which pairs with a very weak right hand to create a unique cup style at the top of his swing.


About Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson and his wife Dowd Simpson

Webb Simpson and his wife Dowd Simpson at the 2019 Presidents Cup

    Webb Simpson and his wife Dowd Simpson
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Webb Simpson was born on August 8, 1985, in Raleigh, North Carolina. His parents are Evander Samuel "Sam" Simpson III and Debbie Webb Simpson.

In 2010, Simpson married Taylor Dowd Keith and the couple has five children. The family resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Simpson began playing golf when he was eight years old. His parents built a house on The Country Club at Landfall, located near the putting green of the Dye course, which is where he spent much of time during the summers. Eventually, Simpson began playing junior tournaments and his game developed quickly.

Simpson supports his annual junior golf tournament, the Webb Simpson Challenge, which is designed to challenge players in both golf and religious faith.