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His friend, Masters champion Bubba Watson, gave him some advice.
"I just told him, I said, `You're going to have more fans; you're going to have more people wanting you to sign, and your agent's going to have more things for you to do. You're just going to have to be able to say no,'" Watson said. "You're the boss. Your agent works for you. You just got to be able to say no and do what's right for you and your family, not what's right for other people. It's always what's right for you and your family who comes first."
Simpson said he's not yet wearing a beeper but is making sure his wife gives him regular updates this weekend.
"I've been talking to her a lot and doing the video thing with my boy, trying to stay connected," he said. "But I'm certainly ready to get home."
This would be the second time in five years the British Open does not have the U.S. Open winner in its field. In 2008, Tiger Woods was forced to miss the trip because of knee surgery.
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