It’s not every day Webb Simpson looks at his phone to see a call from Tiger Woods.
But that’s what happened last Tuesday at Trolley Stop, a local sausage restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina, while Simpson was out with his family. When Simpson was trying to dial, his phone rang.
“My kids really pissed off the owner because they kept opening the door, so I assure you, it was my turn to call,” Simpson said, “my phone rang, I looked down and I became a tiger.” “I told Tiger I had to call him back, and he got my dogs ordered. So order my hot dogs, get out of there, call him back, yeah, he pointed out I’m from – you know, I live in Charlotte, Quail Hollow my house, and he was He thinks it will save a lot for the team.”
Woods was referring to the Presidents Cup, scheduled for next month at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. Quail Hollow is Simpson’s main track, so the Presidents Cup has been on his mind for some time.
However, Tiger’s call came at a time when rumors were circulating about whether Simpson might be chosen as co-leader.
“(The call) meant a lot,” Simpson said, “but honestly, I just finished the phone call like, ‘I don’t know if it’s official or not. I was helpful. So I just waited, and I saw Zach (Johnson) on Wednesday, or I think so, the next day in Detroit and Zach and we laughed about it. I said, Davis (Luv3) still hasn’t called me, so I don’t know. Then Davis gave me a shout I think maybe the next night.”
On Tuesday, Love, the US Presidents Cup captain, announced that Simpson and Steve Stryker, the 2021 US Ryder Cup captain, will serve as co-captains at Quail Hollow. Johnson and Fred Couples are the other helpers.
For Simpson, who has played in three Presidents Cups (2011, 2013 and 2019), the choice is special.
“Not that I’m afraid I won’t be a part of it, but there was a part of me that was like, ‘If I don’t make the team go in a different direction, that’s fine, but it’s going to be hard to see the Presidents Cup going on there and not being part of it in some way,” Simpson said. What”. “So I was really relieved to get the chance to be a part of it.”
Simpson on the field at this week’s Wyndham Championships at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has five consecutive places out of the top ten there.
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He admits there is still plenty of time to qualify as a player, but being chosen for this role is something he’s been dreaming of.
“I would do anything to be a part of it because as Jim Furyk told me in 2011 in Melbourne, when you finish your golf career, you really look back and remember your victories and your team events,” Simpson said.
“This is a big dream and a goal for me. There are still quite a few things that I would like to achieve as a player, but just seeing these leaders in the last few years take on that role, and you can tell them that representing the players, our country means a lot to them. So I definitely want to. to do that.”
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek