Tom Simpson (golfer)

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Tom Simpson
Personal information
Full nameThomas William Simpson
Born1877
Cayton, Yorkshire, England
Sporting nationalityFlag of England.svg  England
Career
Turned professionalc. 1899
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T7: 1908

Thomas William Simpson (born 1877) was an English professional golfer. He has two top-10 finishes in The Open Championship, in 1905 and 1908.

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Early life

Simpson was born in Cayton, near Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1879. He learnt his golf at Ganton Golf Club where Harry Vardon was the professional. [1] Simpson had two younger brothers, Harry and Amos, who were also professional golfers.

Golf career

Simpson was at Wakefield Golf Club from about 1900 and then at Timperley Golf Club from 1902 before moving to Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in early 1905. Simpson was at Lytham until 1919 when he moved to Hesketh Golf Club where he remained until at least 1926. [1]

Simpson first entered The Open Championship in 1900. He scored 84 and 86 on the first day to make the cut and finished in a tie for 14th place. [2] He played again in 1901, missing the cut by 2 strokes, and in 1902 where he missed the cut by 7 strokes. [3] [4] In 1903 Simpson qualified for the final stages of the first News of the World Match Play, taking one of the five paces allocated to the Northern Section of the P.G.A. [5] He met J. H. Taylor in the first round, losing 3 & 1. He qualified again the following year, losing to Alfred Toogood at the last-16 stage. [6]

After moving to Lytham, he entered the 1905 Open Championship. He had an 88 on the second day but still made the cut. [7] Final-day rounds of 78 and 81 lifted him into a tie for 9th place. [8] In 1906 he finished tied for 15th in the Open Championship and he was third in the Leeds Cup. [9] Qualifying was introduced for the 1907 Open. Simpson entered but failed to qualify. Simpson entered again in 1908 and qualified with two rounds of 81. In the Championship itself, he had rounds of 75-77-76-79 to finish in a tie for seventh place. [10] Simpson failed to qualify for the 1909 Open but he did reach the final stage of the 1909 News of the World Match Play, after finishing joint runner-up in the northern section qualifying event. He lost to Charles Mayo in the first round of the final stage.

Simpson was a well known golf architect. The Tom Simpson Society [11] is formed as tribute to his design prowess. Simpson expressed interest in design by writing a letter to Golf Illustrated in 1908 followed by joining Herbert Fowler's design company in 1910. In 1929, Simpson co-authored The Architectural Side of Golf [12] Quote: Now in golf course design, the obvious thing is almost invariably the wrong thing.

Golf Courses (Original Design)

Golf Courses (Renovation)

Results in major championships

Tournament19001901190219031904190519061907190819091910191119121913
The Open Championship T14CUTCUTT9T15T7T54T27

Note: Simpson only played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

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References

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