Tim Simpson

Timothy Jay Simpson (born May 6, 1956) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour, and currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Tim Simpson
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Jay Simpson
Born (1956-05-06) May 6, 1956 (age 65)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceGreensboro, Georgia
CollegeUniversity of Georgia
Turned professional1977
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins9
Highest ranking18 (October 28, 1990)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT18: 1985
PGA ChampionshipT8: 1990
U.S. OpenT5: 1990
The Open ChampionshipT12: 1990

Simpson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended high school at Woodward Academy where he was the Atlanta Junior Champion, Georgia Junior Champion and Westlake National Junior Champion.[2] He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and was a member of the golf team. He left college early and turned professional at age 20. He earned his tour card at 21 years, 2 months.[2]

Simpson's first win in professional golf came at the 1981 Cacharel World Under-25 Championship in Nimes, France. His first PGA Tour win came three seasons later at the 1985 Southern Open. His career year was 1989 when he captured the PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year award, and won two Tour events: the USF&G Classic and the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. He had another good year in 1990: repeating as Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic Champion, and posting his best finishes in the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.[3] Simson was awarded the 1990 Georgia Professional Athlete of the Year award. He has 66 Top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events.

Simpson's PGA Tour career was brought to a sudden end due to his contracting Lyme disease on a hunting trip in 1991, and the neurological pathological condition resulting from it. He has had brain surgery and spinal fusion surgery. In his late thirties and forties, his health improved enough to allow him to play some on the Nationwide Tour. His best finishes in this venue were a 2nd at the 1995 NIKE Buffalo Open and a T-2 at the 1995 NIKE South Carolina Classic.

During his career Simpson was called one of the greatest ball strikers in the game's history by golfing greats Butch Harmon, Jack Nicklaus, and Johnny Miller.[2] Early in his career, he was mentored by long-time friends, Sam Snead and J. C. Snead.[4]

Simpson was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. He began play on the Champions Tour in 2006. He lives in Greensboro, Georgia with his wife Leigh Ann and their four children.

Amateur winsEdit

Professional wins (9)Edit

PGA Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Oct 6, 1985 Southern Open −16 (64-64-69-67=264) 2 strokes   Clarence Rose
2 Mar 26, 1989 USF&G Classic −14 (68-67-70-69=274) 2 strokes   Greg Norman,   Hal Sutton
3 Oct 21, 1989 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic −16 (65-67-70-70=272) 1 stroke   Donnie Hammond
4 Oct 20, 1990 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic (2) −24 (64-64-65-71=264) 1 stroke   John Mahaffey

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1989 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic   Mike Donald,   Hal Sutton Donald won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Sutton eliminated by par on third hole
2 1990 Doral-Ryder Open   Paul Azinger,   Mark Calcavecchia,
  Greg Norman
Norman won with eagle on first extra hole

Other wins (5)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Masters Tournament T18 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T37 T43 T32 T11 T46 CUT T14 CUT CUT T5 T26 CUT
The Open Championship T45 T12 T57
PGA Championship CUT CUT T36 T25 CUT CUT T43 CUT T27 T8 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 14 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 5
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 7 34 17
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1983 U.S. Open – 1985 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 43 1990 Ending 28 Oct 1990" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Bio from Georgia Golf Hall of Fame". Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships".
  4. ^ "Bio on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on 15 March 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2006.

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