- Bob Harig, Senior Golf Writer
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U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson is skipping next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as his wife, Dowd, is expecting the couple's second child.
Simpson, who won the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club last month, skipped the Open Championship in England last week because of his wife's pregnancy. He had previously said he hoped the baby would arrive in time for him to compete in the World Golf Championship event that begins Aug. 2 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Of the 77 players qualified for the event at this point, Simpson is the only one who did not enter by Friday's 5 p.m. deadline. The field includes everyone else ranked among the top 50 in the world, including Tiger Woods, who has won the tournament six times, and Open Championship winner Ernie Els.
Simpson became the first player since Woods in 2008 to win a major and then skip the next one. Woods won the U.S. Open then missed the next two major championships due to knee surgery.
The year's final major, the PGA Championship, follows the Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 9.
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