Webb Simpson: The Early Years

by Jeff Skinner

When Webb Simpson first started playing on The PGA Tour in 2009 I had a conversation with his college coach, Jerry Haas.  Haas hails from an amazing golf family and he was open and insightful on his former Wake Forest stand out.  Take a look at this interview and learn a little more about the Deutsche Bank Champion and FedEx Cup leader.

Originally published in February 2009:  Links Life Golf spoke to Simpson’s college coach, Jerry Haas. Jerry has been at Wake Forest for twelve years and Simpson was one of his prized recruits. Jerry knows golf. He is a former PGA Tour player and Walker Cup veteran. His older brother, Jay has been winning on the Champions Tour for years. Jerry also coached Jay’s son and tour player, Bill Haas while he was at Wake Forest. Here is what Jerry had to say.

Links Life Golf: What kind of person is Webb?

Haas: I have told this to many people. He came here highly touted, he was a Junior All-American. He’s a better person then he is a player. It’s hard to imagine. He just kind of gets it. He is good with people, he has a good personality. He is probably the most honest player I’ve ever had…in the fact that he never had an excuse for a bad shot or a bad round.

LLG: What do you think his personal strengths are?

Haas: He is very well grounded. It comes from his family….he always takes full responsibility.

LLG: What is the best part of his game?

Haas: His short game. He chips and putts unbelievably. He did it a lot in junior golf with smoke and mirrors…he would shoot good scores but, he would squeeze everything out of it…like “How did he shoot that score”…He is one of those rare kids, as he started hitting it better he still chipped and putted like he did. Sometimes a guy will start hitting it great and then all of a sudden he doesn’t putt as well….That’s why he can shoot low scores and make a lot of birdies.

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