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Webb Simpson: What We Said


For some casual fans, it may seem like Webb Simpson came out of nowhere. For Athlon and Brandel Chamblee, though, Simpson's breakthrough is not that surprising. Here's what we had to say about Simpson in our 2012 preview back in February, when we ranked him No. 12 among our 20 players to watch in the 2012 majors. 

No. 12:Webb Simpson

Born: Aug. 8, 1985, Raleigh, N.C. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $6,347,353 World Ranking: 8

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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One of the biggest surprises of 2011 was the play of Webb Simpson and his improvements over his first two years on Tour. Webb gained yardage and improved every other aspect of his game, as evidenced by his being ranked No. 1 in the All Around category on Tour. Not surprisingly, he also won twice. His 110 putts at the U.S Open represented the lowest total in the field, and at the British Open he had 111, a number that was bettered by only two players. 
His combination of length and accuracy with all clubs, his ability to get out of the rough and his knack for putting fast greens well make him a player to watch in every event, and in particular at the majors in 2012.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 3
Wins: 0

2011 Performance:
Masters - DNP
U.S. Open - T14
British Open - T16
PGA Championship - Cut

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - n/a
U.S. Open - T14 (2011)
British Open - T16 (2011)
PGA Championship - Cut (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 0
Top-25 Finishes: 2
Missed Cuts: 1

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.