Webb Simpson withdrew from The RSM Classic after making the 36-hole cut, sharing on Saturday why he pulled out from the tournament at Sea Island Resort in Georgia.
After shooting 138 in the first two rounds, Simpson shared he would be leaving to be with his father, Sam, who is going through the final stages of life.
Thanks to @Love3d for being such a great tourney host. I WD due to my Dad being sick and living his last days. Thanks for all the support.
— Webb Simpson (@webbsimpson1) November 18, 2017
Sam Simpson has been a presence throughout his son’s golf life and career, including caddying for Webb in a number of amateur tournaments. Webb has called his dad the kindest man he knows, and he includes his dad in his dream foursome in his PGA Tour player profile.
Mr. Simpson, whose given first name is Evander, served as co-CEO of Raleigh real estate firm Prudential York Simpson Underwood. He got his son into the game when Webb would go with him to the golf course on family vacations.
“He did not inherit any talent,” Sam Simpson said in a 2012 interview. “His hard work is what did it. His hard work did it for him, and his love of the game.”