KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Most pro golfers use the practice rounds leading up to a Major tournament to shake off rust and test out their games and the course, but one 2012 Major champion should be considerably more rusty than others this week at The Ocean Course.
Raleigh native Webb Simpson, this year's US Open winner, hasn't played competitive golf since The Greenbrier Classic in early July because he was preparing to welcome a new life into his world.
Willow Grace Simpson weighed seven pounds and seven ounces at her birth on July 28.
"We're going to call her Willow [...] I was pretty emotional with my son being born, and I thought the second wouldn't be that emotional, but I was crying like a baby. So it's been great."
Simpson stressed he was absolutely comfortable with his decision, and he remains optimistic about his chances, without wanting to feel too much pressure.
"I'm not going to put any pressure on myself for tomorrow. I know that I might feel a little rusty, but at the same time I might get off to a good start. I'm just trying to be patient this week because I know it might take a little time."
Simpson really announced his arrival on the international golf scene with the Major win at The Olympic Club this year, but he was already a household name in the Lowcountry after winning the 2004 and 2007 Azalea Invitationals at Country Club of Charleston.
He confirmed feeling a connection to the area,"Absolutely. Any time I can play golf near the beach, I love it [...] With all the pressure that comes with a Major championship, being in a beach vibe I think is certainly going to help me having grown up around here."