No world-wide Webb
Simpson decided a few weeks ago to skip the July 19-22 British Open in order to stay with his wife Dowd and await the birth of their second child.
Dowd Simpson is due in late July. Their first child, 16-month-old James, arrived before his due date.
Webb Simpson thus passes on the chance to become the seventh man to win both the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. After competing in the Greenbrier Classic, he plans to be home for three weeks.
"The British Open will always be there,'' Simpson told the Charlotte Observer. "This may be the last child we have. It's a decision I haven't thought twice about.''
Act your age
After succeeding where golf superstars such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed this week - that is, making the cut at the Greenbrier Classic - the 62-year-old Watson can start picking on someone his own age.
Watson completed his tournament with a 5-over 75 Sunday, his worst round of the week that left him tied for next-to-last place among those who made the cut with a 4-over 284. Arjun Atwal (at 286) was the only four-round golfer with a higher score.
Still, The Greenbrier's golf ambassador took away some positives from a rare appearance in a PGA Tour event.
"I drove the ball well this week, and that portends well for the U.S. Senior Open next week,'' Watson said, "and on to the British Open and the Senior British Open in the next three weeks. And I started putting the ball very well today, made an adjustment in my putting. So there were some real good signs for maybe next week.
"That's what you have to take from a week like this week. You know, the hospitality here at The Greenbrier, the great food, all the amenities that you have to come and enjoy here. It's just a very, very special place. I'm glad to be associated with it.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.