Simpson rules out British Open

After winning the US Open, Webb Simpson is elated for the birth of his second baby. He is ready to skip the upcoming British Open. It was anticipated that he will look forward to play in British Open, but it came as a surprise when he decided to skip it. His wife Dowd is expecting to deliver their second child in the latter half of the month of July.

The British Open will run from July 19-22. He had a glorious opportunity of winning both the US Open and British Open in a year and become the 7th golfer in the history to do so.

Simpson stated that what is more important is the birth of his child and he wants to be beside his wife at this stage of life. He is happy to put his family before his career. He stated that he is a man who loves his family very much and has the rest of his life to play British Open.

He is not the only professional golfer to skip any championship for the birth of his baby. Before the start of US Open in the year 1999, Phil Mickelson stated to the Press that he would leave the course in case his beeper went off. His beeper did not go off though and he had to satisfy himself with the second position.

Another golfer Jason Day faced similar situation last week during the US Open, when he said that he would also leave the course just like Phil Mickelson wanted to in case his wife went into an early labor.

Donald Needs Early Start

What are the chances that the familiar cry of ‘Luuuuke’ will be roared out across the Lytham fairways, on Sunday evening? On paper, the odds should not be too big, should they? After all, Luke Donald MBE is the world number one, he hits the ball just about as straight as anyone, and has a short game most of his rivals would give their right (or left) arms for.

Yet, the trouble is, this has been the case for several Majors now, and Donald has yet to deliver on the day – or, more specifically, on Day One. Donald has this frustrating habit of, if not completely playing himself out of a Major tournament on the first day, then giving himself just too much to do. (more…)

Steve Stricker Loses Consecutive Cuts Record

As Steve Stricker walked into the greens of the TPC Sawgrass earlier in the week for the US PGA Players Championship, he was the holder of the longest running streak of cuts made for any active player on the PGA Tour but as the dust settled on the actions of the second day of the event after the second round, his streak will count for nothing having hit a four over 76 in the first round followed by a two over 74, leaving him an unassailable 6 shots behind the leading pack, which means that he is going to miss his first cut since the PGA Championships of 2009.

The cut mark for the event this time around was projected at even par by the time Stricker had finished his round, which means that he stands no chance of making the cut even by some miracle. But Steve Stricker has never been one for records but the way he missed the cut after making a total of 49 consecutive cuts since his last missed cut in 2009 will be sure to bother him for a long time and it has done so too, as was evident on the countenance of Stricker.

Although he did not show his disappointment in public, those close to him say that he wanted to get to the 50 consecutive cut marks but more than that, he wanted to win the title at the TPC Sawgrass, often considered to be the unofficial fifth Major of golf.

But knowing the habits of Steve Stricker, it can be said that he will not be dwelling on this missed cut for months on end, thereby hampering his preparations for the upcoming events that he will be taking part in, but it will be a wound that will take time to heal.