AMERICAN Webb Simpson looks set to miss out on the chance to win successive Majors after the newly-crowned US Open champion was all but ruled out of next month’s Open at Royal Lytham.
Simpson beat Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, the 2010 winner, to glory at Olympic Club in San Francisco on Sunday night by one shot after a final round of 68 left him one over par.
It the 26-year-old’s maiden Major title in only his fifth attempt, although there seems little prospect of him aiming for consecutive triumphs as his wife Dowd is eight months pregnant.
“I don’t think he is going to play the Open in case I go into labour,” she said. “It would make Webb too nervous to hop over the pond and then have to try to get back.”
Simpson watched as overnight leaders McDowell and Jim Furyk failed to prevent him becoming the 15th different man – and the third consecutive American – to win a Major. “This is only my second US Open and so I told myself not to get too excited, don’t try to win,” he said. “I had to go out there and try to make pars, and that’s what I did.”
McDowell, whose hopes evaporated when he missed a 20-foot birdie putt at the last, admitted to “a mixture of emotions”.
“Obviously disappointment, deflation, pride but mostly just frustration, because I hit three fairways today,” said McDowell.