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Scott Simpson

  • Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
  • Residence: Poway, Calif.
  • Birthdate: August 16, 1955
  • Age: 50
  • Turned Pro: 1977

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Player Notes

Winner 1976 & '77 NCAA individual Championship. . .Two-time All-American. . .Member 1977 Walker Cup Team . . Member 1987 Ryder Cup Team . . One of the most consistent players on tour, he finished in the top 125 of the money list between 1979 and 1996 and in 11 of those years has been in the top 50. . . Since his 10-year exemption for winning the 1987 U.S. Open expired he used his top-50 career money exemption to get on the PGA Tour in 1998. . . For a number of years had lived in Hawaii, but moved his family back to California in 1994. . . Played the PGA Tour regularly from 1979-2005...Appeared in 597 events, finished in the top-ten 78 times and made 403 cuts...Won seven times on the PGA Tour with his biggest victory coming at the 1987 U.S. Open. Trailed Tom Watson by one stroke heading into the final round at The Olympic Club, but closed with a 68, which included three birdies on the back nine, good for a one- stroke victory...Also won the Greater Greensboro Open that year on way to fourth-place finish on money list, his highest ranking ever...Lost 18-hole playoff to Payne Stewart in 1991 U.S. Open at Hazeltine National...Most recent victory came in 1998 Buick Invitational when he defeated Skip Kendall with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Posted a final-round 64 at the Buick Invitational and came from eight strokes back entering the final round, at the time matching PGA Tour best comeback since 1970. Victory came with former San Diego Chargers quarterback Stan Humphries on his bag. Also became third San Diego native to win Buick Invitational in six years (Phil Mickelson-1993, Craig Stadler-1994) and fifth overall (Gene Littler-1954, Billy Casper-1966)...Recorded one-stroke victory over Corey Pavin, Billy Mayfair and D.A. Weibring at the 1993 GTE Byron Nelson major medical extension in 2001... First TOUR victory came in 1980 Western Open, by five strokes over Andy Bean...Won second tournament on Tour by five as well, at 1984 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic...Defeated Bob Tway in playoff to win 1989 BellSouth Atlanta Classic...In 1996, impressive West Coast swing included T2 at Nissan Open, T3 Buick Invitational, T4 United Airlines Hawaiian Open and T6 at Phoenix Open. Named PGA TOUR Player of the Month for February, 1996, first to receive award without victory during that month...Was unable to play the PGA Tour in 2000 due to a broken ankle he suffered while skiing during the New Year holiday. Prognosis was ankle could heal without surgery but did not. Underwent surgery in August, 2000, which involved placing seven screws into the ankle...Received a major medical extension in 2001.

Career Victories

PGA Tour
7 - 1980 Western Open, 1984 Westchester Classic, 1987 Greater Greensboro Open, U.S. Open, 1989 BellSouth Atlanta Classic, 1993 GTE Byron Nelson Classic, 1998 Buick Invitational

around the world: 1984 Chunichi Crowns, Dunlop Phoenix (both Japan), 1990 Perrier Invitational (France)

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