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How Tiger Woods spilled the beans on Webb Simpson being a Presidents Cup assistant captain

It’s not day-after-day Webb Simpson appears to be like down at his telephone to see a name from Tiger Woods.

However that’s what occurred final Tuesday at Trolley Cease, an area scorching canine joint in Wilmington, North Carolina, whereas Simpson was out along with his household. When Simpson was making an attempt to order, his telephone rang.

“My youngsters had already made the proprietor mad as a result of they continued to open the door, so I’m stressing, it’s my flip to order, my telephone rings, I seemed down and it’s Tiger,” Simpson stated. “I instructed Tiger I needed to name him again, I obtained to order my scorching canines. So order my scorching canines, get out of there, name him again and yeah, he simply sort of referenced me being from — you recognize, dwelling in Charlotte, Quail Hole’s my dwelling, that he thought it will carry so much to the crew.”

Woods was referencing the Presidents Cup, which is about for subsequent month at Quail Hole in Charlotte, North Carolina. Quail Hole is Simpson’s dwelling course, so the Presidents Cup has been on his thoughts for a while.

But Tiger’s name got here at a time when rumors had been swirling on whether or not Simpson could also be chosen as an assistant captain.

“(The decision) meant so much, however truthfully, I obtained finished with the telephone name and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if that was official or not,’” Simpson stated. “I don’t know if he meant like he’s rooting for me to be assistant or if I’m assistant. So I simply waited, and I noticed Zach (Johnson) on Wednesday, or I assume yeah, the subsequent day in Detroit and Zach and I had amusing about it. I stated, Davis (Love III) nonetheless hasn’t known as me, so I don’t know. After which Davis gave me a shout I assume perhaps the subsequent evening.”

On Tuesday, Love, the U.S. Captain for the Presidents Cup, introduced Simpson and Steve Stricker, the 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, would function assistant captains at Quail Hole. Johnson and Fred {Couples} are the opposite two assistants.

For Simpson, who has performed in three Presidents Cups (2011, 2013 and 2019), the choice is particular.

“Not that I feared not being part of it, however there was part of me that’s like, ‘If I don’t make the crew and Davis goes a unique course, that’s superb, however it’s going to be laborious to see the Presidents Cup occur there and never be part of it indirectly,’” Simpson stated. “So I used to be actually, actually relieved to get an opportunity to be part of it.”

Simpson is within the discipline at this week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Nation Membership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has 5 straight top-10 finishes there.

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He acknowledges there’s nonetheless time to qualify as a participant, however being chosen on this position is one thing he has dreamed about.

“I’d give something to be part of it as a result of as Jim Furyk instructed me in 2011 in Melbourne, once you’re finished together with your golf profession, you’re going to essentially look again and keep in mind your wins and your crew occasions,” Simpson stated.

“That’s an enormous dream and aim of mine. There’s nonetheless fairly a couple of issues I wish to accomplish as a participant, however simply seeing these captains in the previous few years take that position, and you’ll inform it means a lot to them to symbolize the gamers, our nation. So I positively wish to do this.”

Story initially appeared on GolfWeek

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