129: Inside the Ropes with Webb Simpson

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, PGATour golfer and Major Champion, Webb Simpson.  Webb is most known for his 2012 US Open win at the Olympic Club (as well as his post-round interview that was infiltrated by the “Birdman!”).

Webb has had an incredible career to date with 4 wins, 6 finishes for 2nd place and 47 “top 10” finishes as of this interview with his most recent being the loss in a playoff at the 2017 Waste Management Open to returning winner, Hideki Matsuyama.

In this interview, we pretty much chat about everything under the sun including Webb’s schedule on tournament days from start to finish, his fitness routine and what he recently did this year to shed some weight, his experience winning a major and how it affected him as a golfer, and much more. . .

Webb Simpson’s Background

  • As an amateur, Webb was a member of the United States’ victorious 2007 Walker Cup and 2007 Palmer Cup teams.
  • In college, Simpson played on the Wake Forest University golf team on the Arnold Palmer scholarship.
  • After turning professional, Simpson played on the Nationwide Tour where he finished in second place twice.
  • In 2011, Simpson had his first two victories on the PGA Tour, which came at the Wyndham Championship and at the FedEx Cup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
  • He went on to win the 2012 US Open and the Shriner’s Hospitals for CHildren’s Open in 2014

Highlights from this Episode

  • Webb’s background and how he got into playing golf.
  • How Webb balances golf with family life. Webb is a father of four, so needs to organize his time well. He takes the approach of making better use of his time and playing smarter, not harder. We talk about what a regular week looks like for Webb Simpson.
  • How Webb knows exactly what he needs to work on from week to week. We discuss how he puts his schedule together and adapts it based on the areas that need improvement.
  • How Webb has changed his fitness routine in the last few years. He had an ‘epiphany’ moment one day and decided that he needed to change his diet and exercise routine. We talk about the specific steps Webb took and how it affected his game.
  • We talk about what an average day on the PGA Tour looks like.
  • Webb tells the story of winning the US Open, and what that weekend looked like. Webb didn’t expect to play very well that tournament. We discuss the extra exposure, confidence, sponsorships etc. that all come into play when you win a major.
  • We discuss the struggles and tough times Webb has faced during his career. At one point, Webb nearly lost his PGA Tour card. We talk about what Webb did to reset and come back from the slump to become a champion.

Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?

Happy Gilmore

What is your next big goal?

To contend this year in the majors.

What’s the biggest number of practice swings you’ve made on one hole?

14 – on the 17th hole at Tampa.

Who would you choose to spend a day on the course with, and where?

My wife at Augusta

Any parting words of advice?

 Whatever you’re doing, do it 100%. If you’re playing golf, play golf. If you’re with your family, be with your family. Compartmentalize your life to be completely focused on what you’re doing at the time.

Where to find Webb Simpson:

Twitter: @websimpson1

Instagram (Webb’s Wife, Dowd): @dowdsimpson

Links mentioned:

College Golf Fellowship

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