Tour Report: Simpson skipping British Open

PGA Tour
Interview: Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson meets with the media and talks about his win at the U.S. Open and his loyalty to the Travelers Championship.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. — It would have been understandable if Webb Simpson took this week off after winning the U.S. Open — to everyone but Simpson that is.

Instead of saying no to the Travelers Championship, Simpson said no to the talk show circuit and returned to the tournament that once granted him an exemption in 2008 when Simpson wrote a letter and was just out of college.

”I didn’t really have time if I wanted to get here and get prepared,” Simpson said Wednesday. “We just basically told [the talk shows] we appreciate the offer and interest, but I had prior commitments.”

Winning a major is a life-altering experience, but Simpson is trying to do everything he can to keep it from being one. However, Simpson reiterated that he will skip next month’s British Open for another life-changing event: The birth of his second child.

“After winning it’s certainly a little harder not to go because I’d love to go and try to win another major, but in the grand scheme of things it’s a decision that I know I’ll always be happy that I made,” Simpson said. “I have the rest of my life to play in the British Open. I don’t want to miss the birth of the second child, so it’s an easy decision.”

So was playing here.

“I feel comfortable here,” Simpson said. “My wife and I never even talked about not coming. It’s a great week for me to kind of unwind from the U. S. Open, but be able to kind of put my focus elsewhere and kind of get away from just reflecting and thinking about it and trying to put my focus on trying to win this golf tournament.”

Lucas Glover did the same thing two years ago following his U.S. Open victory at Bethpage Black. A week later, he tied for 11th here.

Simpson has had some success here, too, tying for 13th last year.

Not that it will be easy to put last week’s victory out of his mind.

“I still can’t really believe it,” Simpson said. “It’s been exciting, and I’m glad I’m here.”