MUIRFIELD, SCOTLAND, JULY 14 -- In what amounts to blasphemy for golf purists, Scott Simpson said a major tournament's mystique is not as important to him as its purse.

"My No. 1 goal is to make money for my family," Simpson said today, during preparations for Thursday's start of the British Open. "It is a job."

Simpson said he had no intention of coming to Muirfield until Tom Watson missed a 45-foot putt by two inches on the final hole, allowing him to win the U.S. championship by one shot.

"If I didn't win the U.S. Open, I wouldn't be here," Simpson said. "But that assured me of being in the Nabisco Championship {a $2 million season-ending competition} and gave me the security that I didn't mind coming over here. I also feel the U.S. Open champion should play in the British Open."

Defending champion Greg Norman said, "Maybe that's the secret to winning a major, not giving it so much importance. That doesn't seem right. Majors have been around a lot longer than Scott Simpson, majors are the ultimate."

Simpson, who finished far back last year in his only other British Open, believes he has the right game to win this week. He relies more on accuracy than power.

The last man to win both Opens in one year was Tom Watson in 1982.