Webb Simpson - June 28, 2012


2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson appeared on Thursday’s Morning Drive from the Wyndham Championship Media Day in Greensboro, North Carolina. Simpson earned his first career PGA TOUR win last August in the Wyndham Championship.

He had been close to winning on the PGA TOUR a number of times prior to the Wyndham Championship including the Transitions Championship and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Simpson said he could not have scripted his first win any better because he was playing in what is essentially his home town and he was able to walk up 18 with a comfortable lead. It was an unbelievable feeling to see so many friends and family around the 18th green to congratulate him.

Appearing on David Letterman or Jay Leno is something that he has always wanted to do but in this circumstance, he had already committed to playing in the Travelers Championship as well as a couple of corporate events so it would have been very difficult to try to honor his prior commitments and make talk show appearances. If he had not committed to the Travelers Championship, Simpson feels that he may have ended up making an appearance on David Letterman but it was not in the cards this time.

He has received well-wishes and advice from several legendary players following his U.S. Open win and Tom Watson told him that after winning a Major, you do not have a two-stroke advantage on the first tee and in fact he would have to work harder to win for the rest of his career. Winning a Major Championship comes with big benefits but the responsibilities are just as big if not bigger so Simpson knows that he will have to work harder than everyone else when he tees it up in a tournament.

There are some major changes coming to the PGA TOUR and because he has served on the Player Advisory Council, he knows the ins and outs of all of these proposals. Simpson feels that if Tim Finchem is supportive of a policy then it is likely in the best interest of the players on the PGA TOUR.

No matter what happens, he will not go to The Open Championship in three weeks. His first son was born a week early and there is a good chance that his second child will be born a week early as well so he does not feel comfortable leaving home and going overseas at this time. He loves the Open Championship and knows that he will have many other chances to play but this may be the last time that he and his wife Dowd will welcome a child into the world.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda would be a lot of fun to play in. He has never been there but everyone he knows who has been there loves it and he certainly hopes to be able to go there later this year and take his family along with him to play in that great event.