Life changes, priorities remain for Simpson


Life might be different for U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, but he was reminded by an eight-time major champion that he is still the same golfer he was before winning at The Olympic Club.

Tom Watson sent Simpson an email ahead of the Travelers Championship last week with some timely advice.

'Something he said, I already put into practice in Hartford, and that was when I stand on the first tee in my next event, I don't have a two-shot advantage over anybody else,' Simpson said Thursday on 'Morning Drive.' 'He said, though you're a major champion, you've got to go out and continue to work hard, if not harder than before.'

Video: Simpson discusses priorities on 'Morning Drive'

Simpson finished T-29 in Connecticut, honoring commitments to the tournament and his son in lieu of a media tour to celebrate his win.

'(A media tour) is something I've always wanted to do, but given I was playing in the Travelers and our son, James, didn't go to San Francisco with us, he was my first priority. I was going to go home and see him,' he said.

With wife Dowd close to delivering the couple's second child, Simpson will skip the British Open next month. During an appointment before the U.S. Open, the due date was bumped up a week, making any hopes of getting to Lytham impossible.

'I love the Open Championship,' he said. 'I had a blast last year, and I would love to go back next year. Hopefully I'll have a lot more opportunities to go play the Open Championship, and this might be our last child, so I don't want to miss it.'