Truth & Rumors: Webb Simpson to skip British Open
Yesterday’s rumor is today’s truth: U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson announced that he will skip the British Open, according to Jeff Shain of the Orlando Sentinel:
Webb Simpson will pass on a chance to become the seventh man to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year, confirming Wednesday he will stay with wife Dowd to await the birth of their second child.
"After winning it's certainly a little bit harder to not go," Simpson told reporters at the Travelers Championship. "But in the grand scheme of life, it's a decision I know I'll always be happy I made."
Dowd Simpson is entering her final month of pregnancy with a due date in late July. Simpson theoretically could play the British Open on July 19-22 and get back from Royal Lytham & St. Annes in time for the birth but would risk being unable to return quickly in the event of early labor.
Their first child, 16-month-old James, arrived before his due date. The Simpsons have discussed inducing labor a week early to allow Webb to play in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 2-5.
Bubba Watson says Tiger will pass Jack Nicklaus in majors if he stays healthy
After taking last weekend off, Bubba Watson stopped by "CBS This Morning" to talk about his game and Tiger Woods, and he also mentioned his adopted son Caleb. Watson, who missed the cut at Olympic, was grouped with Woods for the first two rounds, and when he wasn't clubbing his little white ball into the abyss, Watson saw enough to declare that Tiger is back, and Jack's record is in trouble. If we're not seeing the results, Watson said, it's not because of Woods:
"He's back, for sure. Your always gonna have your slipups…Since he started in the 90s, he's developed a lot of young players, and they're getting better -- all of golf is getting better -- so he's playing against better players."
And about those majors?
"[Tiger will] definitely win a major again…You know, if he stays healthy, I think for sure, you know, because he's still got 10 years to get to where Jack was. So, he's got 10 years to produce four more victories."
As for Watson, he tees off Thursday at the Travelers Championship, the site of his first PGA Tour win. Full interview below:
UBS exec ordered to stop playing golf with Obama
Some place, embedded deep in America’s Constitution, the framers defined the inalienable right to play golf with a foursome of your choice. But, as The New York Times reports, Swiss bank UBS is challenging that founding principle, telling executive Robert Wolf –- one of Barack Obama’s favorite golfing buddies –- to quit playing with the President.
According to the article, office politics (with a healthy backdrop of national politics) drove the bank to “muzzle” Wolf in order to get him out of the spotlight as President Obama weighs the possibility of tighter financial regulations.
“This stuff is right out of the movie ‘Mean Girls’ but it involves grown men,” said one person with knowledge of the bickering who declined to be identified commenting on an internal matter.
Woman drives car into greenside bunker at Massachusetts course
A Massachusetts woman has finally settled the GPS vs. Laser Rangefinder debate for golfers, when she drove her car into a greenside bunker at a local muni at 45 mph, according to CBS News:
Patricia Maione said she was doing what her GPS told her to do.
Police said that's a bad lie -- that actually, she was drunk.
Authorities said the 46-year-old central Massachusetts woman claimed the GPS told her to turn left, which she said led her to drive into a corn field, and then onto the golf course. But police say they found a cup full of alcohol in Maione's car, according to the Telegram & Gazette newspaper.
Since no one was injured, we did enjoy the “bad lie” pun. Highest form of humor. But the real take away for us is that GPS is inaccurate, and if you follow it, you’ll end up plugged in a bunker.