Webb Simpson has been under mild stress for a long time since he didn’t know if he would be part of the Presidents Cup team. Quail Hollow’s is Simpson’s home course and he expected he might get a call to be an assistant.
At one point while he was waiting in line for a hot dog, he received a call from Tiger Woods; “My kids had already made the owner mad because they continued to open the door, so I’m stressing, it’s my turn to order, my phone rings, I looked down and it’s Tiger,” Simpson said.
“I told Tiger I had to call him back, I got to order my hot dogs. So order my hot dogs, get out of there, call him back and yeah, he just kind of referenced me being from — you know, living in Charlotte, Quail Hollow’s my home, that he thought it would bring a lot to the team”.
Webb Simpson on Tiger Woods call
However, Simpson remained confused and could not understand what Woods’ call meant. “(The call) meant a lot, but honestly, I got done with the phone call and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if that was official or not,’” Simpson said.
“I don’t know if he meant like he’s rooting for me to be assistant or if I am assistant. So I just waited, and I saw Zach (Johnson) on Wednesday, or I guess yeah, the next day in Detroit and Zach and I had a laugh about it.
I said, Davis (Love III) still hasn’t called me, so I don’t know. And then Davis gave me a shout I guess maybe the next night”. Simpson was hoping for a call and was a little scared. “Not that I feared not being a part of it, but there was a part of me that’s like, ‘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,’” Simpson said. “So I was really, really relieved to get a chance to be a part of it”.