Webb Simpson made it official on Friday — the reigning U.S. Open champ will not play in next week’s British Open so he can be with his wife, who is about to give birth to the couple’s second child.
Simpson joined Jason Day and 1998 Open victor Mark O’Meara on the WD list. Day sent his regrets on Tuesday because his wife had just given birth to their first child, and O’Meara was still nursing a rib injury that has put him out of action since March.
“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 and grand scheme of life it’s a decision that I know I’ll always be happy that I made,” Simpson said prior to the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., in June. “The first experience watching my first son being born was one of the greatest experiences I think a person can have — and I don’t want to miss it again.”
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