Simpson haunted by first Augusta appearance


ORLANDO, Fla. – This just doesn’t seem fair.

Webb Simpson will be playing his first Masters in two weeks, but he won’t be playing Augusta National for the first time.

Simpson was 12 the first time he teed it up on those hallowed grounds.

Simpson says he’s still haunted by his missed 4-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole. He needed to make the putt to break 80. At the time, he thought the miss cost him dearly. Going through the pro shop before the round, he spied a new Scotty Cameron putter and begged his father for it.

“They were $350 bucks, and he said no,” Simpson said.

Papa Simpson, however, offered to buy his son the putter if he broke 80 that day. So Simpson was thrilled when he hit driver and 3-wood to 4 feet for the birdie chance to win the putter.

“I still think about that putt,” Simpson said.

He thinks about it even though his father bought him the putter anyway. Simpson got to play as a 12-year-old thanks to Ted Kiegiel, the pro at the course where Simpson grew up playing in North Carolina. Kiegiel was a former pro at Augusta National and took Simpson and his father along to play.

Watch highlights and behind-the-scene action from the Arnold Palmer Invitational pro-am Wednesday at 5 and 9PM ET.