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20 Jan 2015
Webb simpson will make his masters debut this week

Golfer webb simpson hits from a sand trap at the 15th green during practice round action on wednesday, april 4, 2012 at augusta national golf club.Webb simpson made his first trip to augusta as a 12 year old, shooting 80 that included missing a four foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to shoot 79.He's been back since but this week he'll play in his first masters. "To me, augusta is the coolest place ever,"Simpson says.The pro shop at carolina country club back home in raleigh hadn gotten this putter yet, but there it was.

In the pro shop at augusta national.

Webb simpson, not quite a teenager but already a golfer beyond his years, had come to augusta national for the first time and before he hit his opening tee shot, he had an instant crush on a putter.

He asked his father, sam, if he would buy it for him.If not that day, maybe for christmas, his father remembers.

The putter cost more than $200 and sam simpson made a deal with his son.Shoot 76 at augusta national and he would buy his son the putter.

Fourteen years later, on the eve of his first masters, webb simpson remembers many of the details of his first trip to augusta national.

It different this week with the crowds gathered, the roars ready to rumble up from the valley down around amen corner and the masters alive again.

There will be hand placed numbers telling the story on big white scoreboards around the property and a green jacket awaiting the champion.

There will be legendary golfers arnold palmer, jack nicklaus and gary player forever young at augusta hitting the ceremonial tee shots on the first tee this morning.

There will be tiger woods stalking, phil mickelson smiling and rory mcilroy glowing.

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When he tees it up today, a pencil and scorecard in his pocket and butterflies square dancing in his belly, simpson will be followed in the gallery by his father and his long time teacher ted keigel, the two men who brought him to augusta for the first time in 1998.

Sam simpson attended his first masters in 1962 and introduced his son early on to what augusta national and the tournament mean to the game.Keigel, meanwhile, had been an assistant pro at augusta national before moving to raleigh in the mid 1990s and arranged the trip, sensing the 12 year old simpson had a game that could handle the challenge.

Was slim and he would have his big bertha driver and he hit it 180 yards down the middle.Never missed a fairway, keigel says.Could chip and putt very well and he thought it was normal to make 30 and 40 footers like it was no big deal.You could see he had all that talent.Webb simpson loved the place immediately.

Was way more beautiful than i thought and everything about it was just so awesome, he says.Play it when i was that young was such a cool thing.Simpson doesn remember his score on every hole from the first time he played augusta national, but he remembers the pars he made on the back nine par 3s, nos.12 and 16.He also remembers walking to the 18th tee at 8 over par, his chance of shooting 76 to get his new putter gone.

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With his polo outfits, his polite manner and soft southern drawl, simpson doesn look like a street fighter.But put a golf club in his hand and simpson is tenacious.

He long but not super long off the tee with a 288.9 yard driving average, ranking 67th on tour;His swing is good but not elegant;He putts with one end of his putter wedged into his belly ralph lauren polo italy button.And for the past year, there have been few golfers in the world better.

Last year, simpson won twice, had three second place finishes and wound up second in the fedex cup race and on the money list with more than $6 in earnings.

This year, he has three top 10 finishes in seven starts, including a tie for third in the season opening hyundai tournament of champions.

He recently ironed out an unwanted wrinkle that had crept into his swing and caused him to miss too many fairways.Though he closed with a disappointing 78 in tough conditions in the final round of the arnold palmer invitational last week after beginning the final round on the edge of contention, simpson arrived at augusta still flush with confidence.

State of his game is in a good place, says paul tesori, who will be caddying in his 11th masters but first with simpson.

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