Webb Simpson - June 19, 2012

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He had decided not to look at scoreboards during the week and in the final round, he decided to keep to that routine and he feels that that was the right choice because he knew he had lost ground over the first six holes and looking at the leaderboard could have negatively impacted his attitude in the final round. When he began to play well, he was able to get an idea of where he was on the leaderboard by how many fans were watching him but he did not actually look at a leaderboard on Sunday until he was on the 18th green.

Paul Tesori has been an amazing caddie and he deserves more credit than he could ever give him. Tesori has been through the ringer of Major Championships many times but most importantly, he is a friend first and a caddie second. He could not be where he is today in golf without Tesori’s friendship and great work.

Simpson said that he did a short press session on Saturday following his third round 68 but other than that, he had no media obligations prior to winning on Sunday which was a very good thing. He certainly understands that thanks to his U.S. Open, he will not have too many weeks without media obligations for a while.

During his first couple of years on the PGA TOUR, he had trouble playing in the events in Greensboro and Charlotte because he always put too much pressure on himself in front of the home crowds. Once he was able to play well in front of the home crowds, he was then able to figure out how to play well under any amount of pressure and the U.S. Open has more pressure than any other tournament.

Arnold Palmer then joined Morning Drive to say congratulations to Webb Simpson for winning the U.S. Open. Mr. Palmer said that he had a big smile on his face and asked if Simpson had received his note. Simpson said that he did and that he could not be happier to hear from him this morning. Palmer added that he had picked Simpson to win the U.S. Open on Sunday morning because he felt that Simpson was in perfect position. Simpson responded by saying that Palmer’s support meant that there were now three people who thought he could: himself, his wife Dowd, and Mr. Palmer.