Webb Simpson says it never crossed his mind to take the week off after winning the U.S. Open.
He took a red-eye flight from the Bay Area on Sunday night to get to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship in Cromwell. It's a tournament he says he feels loyal to after receiving a sponsor's exemption in 2008.
"I love coming to this town, and it's actually going to be good for me to get back in the ropes and play this week," he said at TPC River Highlands on Wednesday.
Simpson will be paired in Thursday's first round with Masters winner Bubba Watson and reigning PGA champion Keegan Bradley.
Simpson says it will give him a chance to get back at Bradley's caddie, Steven Hale, whom he suspects of putting bananas in his golf shoes before Sunday's final round at the Olympic Club.
There are a few similarities between the streaks. The first one started with the 1994 PGA Championship when Nick Price won his second straight major that year. The latest streak began with the 2008 PGA Championship when Padraig Harrington won his second straight major. In both cases, the streak reached 15 different winners at the Olympic Club.
The first streak ended with Masters champion Mark O'Meara winning his second major of the year at the
Also, Simpson made it nine straight first-time major champions. According to research specialist Tom Ierubino, the longest previous streak of first-time major winners was eight, from Steve Jones at the 1996 U.S. Open through O'Meara at the 1998 Masters.
Inkster had elbow surgery that figured to keep her out until August. But she played in the CVS Charity Classic this week in Rhode Island and plans to make her return next week at the Northwest Arkansas Championship.
"I can't believe how the strength has come back," she said.
Inkster, 51, had been just chipping and putting the past month but has now advanced to playing full rounds at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, where husband Brian is the head pro.
The one difference when she returns? Inkster has been experimenting with the belly putter.