Woods’ call appears when Webb Simpson looks down at his phone, which doesn’t happen often.
But that’s exactly what occurred on Tuesday, as Simpson was out with his family, at the neighborhood hot dog stand Trolley Stop in Wilmington, North Carolina. Simpson’s phone rang while he was trying to place an order.
When it was her turn to place an order, Simpson recalled, “I was stressed since my kids had already irritated the owner by continuing to open the door. My phone rang, and I looked down to see Tiger.” “I informed Tiger that I had to order my hot dogs and that I would call him back. Order my hot dogs, leave the restaurant, and then phone him back. He mentioned that he thought my background with Charlotte and Quail Hollow would be very beneficial to the team.
Woods was making a reference to the Presidents Cup, which will take place at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, the following month. Simpson’s home course is Quail Hollow, so the Presidents Cup has been on his mind for a while.
Tiger’s call nevertheless came at a time when speculation was rife as to whether Simpson might be chosen as an assistant captain.
“(The call) meant a lot, but honestly, I don’t know if that was official or not,” I said after the call. stated Simpson. I’m not sure if he meant that he hopes I become the assistant or if he meant that I am the assistant. I waited, and on Wednesday—or, I suppose, the following day in Detroit—I saw Zach (Johnson). Zach and I laughed about it. Davis (Love III) hasn’t called me yet, so I don’t know, I said. Davis then yelled at me, possibly the following night.
Presidents Cup captain for the United States, Love, said on Tuesday that Simpson and 2021 Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker would serve as assistant captains at Quail Hollow. The other two helpers are Johnson and Fred Couples.
The pick of Simpson, who has participated in three Presidents Cups (2011, 2013, and 2019), is noteworthy.
There was a part of Simpson that thought, “If I don’t make the team and Davis goes a different direction, that’s fine, but it’s going to be hard to see the Presidents Cup happen there and not be a part of it in some way,” he said. “I didn’t fear not being a part of it, but there was a part of me that thought that. “
I was therefore quite relieved to get the opportunity to take part in it.
This week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, features Simpson among the competitors. He had five top-10 performances in a row there.
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Although he is aware that there is still time to become a player, he has always envisioned himself in this position.
As Jim Furyk stated to me in Melbourne in 2011, “When you’re done with your golf career, you’re going to truly look back and recall your triumphs and your team events,” Simpson responded, “I’d give anything to be a part of it.”
“That is a lofty dream and objective of mine. There are still a lot of things I want to do as a player, but simply watching these captains take on that responsibility over the past several years has shown me how much it means to them to represent the players and our nation. I will thus do that without a doubt.