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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Family vs. Sports
Here's a nice story. Webb Simpson, who won the U.S. Open Golf Championship last week, has announced that he won't play in the British Open. Why? Because his wife's expecting. She's supposed to give birth to their second child in late July. And because the Open runs from July 19-22, he doesn't want to take the chance that he'll miss his baby's birth. And given that his first child arrived early, that's a real possibility.
It sure is refreshing when athletes puts their family ahead of their career. Others have, but it's always nice when you hear about someone else doing it. And the Open isn't just another tournament. It's been around since 1860 and is one of golf's four "majors." So passing on it is a big deal. A very big deal. But it isn't as big of deal as missing the birth of a child. At least it shouldn't be.