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Tiger Woods spoiled Webb Simpson’s Presidents Cup assistant choice

It’s not on daily basis Webb Simpson appears down at his cellphone to see a name from Tiger Woods.

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

“My children 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 cellphone rings, I regarded down and it’s Tiger,” Simpson stated. “I advised Tiger I needed to name him again, I received to order my sizzling canine. So order my sizzling canine, get out of there, name him again and yeah, he simply type of referenced me being from — , dwelling in Charlotte, Quail Hole’s my house, that he thought it will deliver quite a bit 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 house 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 quite a bit, however truthfully, I received finished with the cellphone 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 fun 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 possibly 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 fantastic, however it’s going to be arduous to see the Presidents Cup occur there and never be part of it not directly,’” Simpson stated. “So I used to be actually, actually relieved to get an opportunity to be part of it.”

Simpson is within the subject 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 advised me in 2011 in Melbourne, once you’re finished along 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 objective 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 couple of years take that position, and you may inform it means a lot to them to characterize the gamers, our nation. So I undoubtedly wish to do this.”

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