Apr 11, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Webb Simpson hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during the first round of the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

2013 US Open: Is Webb Simpson Ready To Defend?

It’s hard to believe that a year has come and gone since Webb Simpson picked up a gift major at The Olympic Club last year. It was a gift from Jim Furyk at the 16th hole where the 2003 US Open Champion double crossed his driver and lost a four shot lead before the dust settled. Simpson picked up the third win of his career, and his first US Open.

A lot has happened in the world of golf since Simpson won his title last year, including a rule change which will disallow the use of his long putter, and anchored putting stroke when January of 2016 rolls around. I’m sure that Simpson’s US Open title coming on the heels of Keegan Bradley winning the 2011 PGA Championship went a long way in pushing the USGA to this decision.

Webb Simpson, and Keegan Bradley have endured the rath of golf fans over the past year, having to hear the word “cheater” when they show up at some tournaments. Ernie Els won the British Open last year with a long putter, but hasn’t heard the words, possibly because he won a couple of majors with a standard putter. Adam Scott hasn’t felt the fans, but it hasn’t been long since he got his new Green Jacket, and he hasn’t played much.

It hasn’t been a bad year since Simpson won the US Open last year, but then again, it hasn’t been great either. He has missed four cuts, in the 2013 season, but had some good finishes as well. He finished alone in second place at The RBC Heritage, losing to 2010 US Open winner, Graeme McDowell, and included three top tens on the year.

The problem with his missed cuts, they came at The Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Masters, and The Memorial. He also missed the cut in the Humana Challenge back in February. He did pick up a T6 at Riveria, and made the Quarterfinals at The Accenture Match Play Championship.

The 27 year-old Webb Simpson is from Raleigh North Carolina, has a house in Charlotte that is within walking distance of the Wells Fargo Championship, and went to College at Wake Forrest.

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