Webb Simpson
33-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Simpson's first two seasons on the PGA Tour were nothing special, but he played well enough to keep his card after each seasons. His third season however was incredible. Simpsons picked-up two wins and three runner-up finishes that season on his way to over $6 million in earnings. This was in 2011, when $6 million seasons weren't nearly as common as they are now. In other words, for at least one season, Simpson was about as good as anyone. He followed that up with his first major the next season and everything was looking up. And then ... well, then nothing much happened ... relatively anyway. Simpson played well in the years following his major, but nothing approaching his stellar 2011 campaign until last season. Simpson found that magic once again last season as he surpassed the $5 million mark for the second time in his PGA Tour career. That said, Simpson's number is a bit out of reach in salary cap formats this season. Read Past Outlooks
T16 at U.S. Open
June 17, 2019
Simpson rose into a tie for 16th place after he fired a five-under 66 in the final round of the U.S. Open Championship.
ANALYSIS
Simpson had to feel good about his game coming in after a runner-up the week prior in Canada. Simpson was uncharacteristic with his ball striking at Pebble Beach, ranking T55 in driving accuracy and 77th in GIR's. His putter was red hot, however, as he finished second in SG: Putting and putts per GIR. The 2012 U.S. Open Champion ultimately gained 25 positions with his final round 66. Simpson has now finished inside the top-20 in five of his last six starts. He will not be in the field for the Travelers Championship.
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Simpson set the bar so high in 2011, when he won twice and earned more than $6 million that anything he's done since seems like a let down. The funny thing is, he's been really productive since 2011, he just hasn't come close to matching that production, but few have. Simpson again had another strong season and at just 32, there's no reason to think a dramatic drop-off is imminent. Now for the bad news, his number of more than $3.2 million is about the best he's done since his 2011 season and there's little chance he'll replicate that effort.
It's hard to imagine that just five years ago, Simpson had a season for the ages. He won two events and finished runner-up three times on his way to over $6 million in earnings. Simpson raised the bar that season and he's yet to get back to that spot, but that's not to say that he's been a failure either. In the five seasons since, Simpson has topped $2 million in earnings four times. The only time he failed to hit that mark was last season, which makes him a solid bounce-back candidate this year. In draft leagues he should go in the fourth or fifth round.
Is there a better player on the PGA Tour that goes more unnoticed than Simpson? Year-in and year-out, the guy just produces, but without the benefit of a high-profile win, it's hard to pick him out of a crowd. It wasn't always this way, after all, he did win the U.S. Open a few years back and for a time, he was the center of attention, but since that win he's slipped into the background again, quietly gobbling-up fat paychecks. You can't go wrong with Simpson, he's extremely reliable and he's got a pretty-high upside as well. He's a solid salary cap selection and should go somewhere in round two of your draft.
Simpson avoided the first-time-major-winner's hangover last year, but he didn't exactly take his game to the next level. Simpson has enough talent to be a top-10 player, but he'll have to step his game up this year. The good news is he's already picked up a win during the 2013-2014 portion of the schedule, so he's off to a good start this year -- if that matters. We've yet to see how the mini-season that concluded in November will affect the 2014 schedule, but whatever the outcome, Simpson will enter 2014 feeling good about his game. Simpson should go in the 10-20 range in draft leagues and he's also worth consideration in salary cap leagues.
After earning more than $6 million in 2011, expectations were sky high for Simpson entering last year. Although he didn't come near his earnings number from 2011, he did pick up his first major. One would have to guess that the major victory was worth more than the disparity in earnings from the previous year. Simpson's loss, however, is our gain as he's now a solid option in salary cap leagues for 2013. Simpson has as much talent as anyone on the PGA TOUR and as odd as it sounds, he has no business earning less than $4 million this season. Although he barely cracked the top 20 on the money list last year, Simpson should be considered in the first round of your draft league.
We all knew this guy could play, but there weren't many, if any, who expected Simpson to play this well, this early in his career. What started as a typical season turned into something else altogether near the beginning of June when Simpson simply took off. A Top-10 at the Memorial was followed by five consecutive Top-20s, but the best was yet to come. After an MC at the PGA Championship, Simpson captured his first win of the season at the Wyndham, but it wasn't his last. He won again two weeks later, and the end result was a second-place finish on the money list. The future is certainly bright for Simpson, but he's going to be hard-pressed to match his production from last season.
Simpson started his rookie season with a bang in 2009, but since then, we haven't seen that spark. He's played well enough to stay safely within the top 125 the last couple years, but more is expected of Simpson. His best finish last season came at a fall event, which is never a good sign. He also ended the season with only two top-10s. Simpson has a lot of potential, but considering we haven't seen much on the course since early 2009, he's probably not worth last year's number this year. Simpson is a fantastic putter, ranking in the top 25 in each of his first two seasons on the PGA TOUR.
Simpson was a rookie to watch heading into the 2009 PGA TOUR season; and after earning top-10s in each of his first two career starts, it appeared that Simpson was off to a fine inaugural season. A rough patch in the middle of the season derailed that those hopes, but Simpson managed to finish strong by recording three top-13s in his final six events. Simpson's potential is still there, and he will be a very valuable player in salary cap leagues in 2010 due to his lower finish on the money list last season.
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T2 finish at RBC Canadian Open
June 9, 2019
Simpson shot a two-under 68 in the final round to share second place, but seven shots behind champion Rory McIlroy at the RBC Canadian Open.
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Adds fourth straight top-30
May 20, 2019
Simpson closed with a two-over 72 on Sunday at the PGA Championship to finish five-over and tied for 29th.
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T18 finish at home course
May 6, 2019
Simpson finished in a tie for 18th at his hometown Wells Fargo Championship after a three-under 68 on Sunday.
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T16 at RBC Heritage
April 22, 2019
Simpson carded an even-par 71 on Sunday at the RBC Heritage to finish six-under and tied for 16th.
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Top-five after Saturday 64
April 14, 2019
Simpson grabbed a share of fifth place at the Masters after shooting a two-under 70 in the final round.
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