Tom Watson picked Webb Simpson at the last moment as part of the United States Ryder Cup team after deciding against selecting his fellow Wake Forest Demon Deacons alum Bill Haas for the last available spot in the tem.
According to reports, Watson was so certain of going for the trio of Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas and Keegan Bradley that he had made up his mind about them immediately after the Deutsche Bank Championship before he changed his mind in the last minute. The reports also claim that his co-captains for the Ryder Cup Raymond Floyd, Andy North and the still active Steve Stricker had signed off on the original decision and played absolutely no part in his selection of Simpson in the team.
Watson was influenced, apparently, by two individuals in the lead up to the event. The first one was Tiger Woods, who was not a part of the team due to an injury but had a talk with Watson regarding the merits of the two players. The second individual being mentioned is Webb Simpson who left a voicemail message on Watson’s phone which might have swayed his decision.
Simpson hardly had the season to warrant a place in the team for one of the most prestigious team events in sports but it is being suggested his phone call did the trick and he got into the team over Haas.
Webb Simpson did absolutely nothing for the team during the event in Scotland and with Watson having ignored his gut instincts for his feelings, felt it was only right to take the blame upon himself for the dismal showing of the team.
But the damage had been done by that time and there was no going back on the decision that might have cost the United States the Ryder Cup.