Aching Simpson desperate to avenge Medinah misery

Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:14am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Webb Simpson is so desperate to avenge the U.S. Ryder Cup capitulation two years ago that he was pleading for a pick from Tom Watson at 4:30am on the day the captain named his selections.

The former U.S. Open champion said on Thursday that he felt he needed to plead his case for a wildcard because of the amount of options Watson had for the biennial match against holders Europe.

"He called me at 4:30 in the morning and he knew I wasn't sleeping because I had texted him," Simpson told reporters.

"I basically expressed everything I could to let him know how bad I wanted to be on the team.

"I tried to acknowledge it was a tough decision for him. Chris Kirk had just won, Billy Horschel had been playing good golf and Bill Haas had not missed a cut all year.

"I wouldn't have been surprised if he had picked the other guys. But I made my final plea. I told him, I want revenge for what happened in 2012 and I really, really want to be on that team," added the 29-year-old Simpson.

"I was relieved. I love this format and I'd do anything to be on the team."

Simpson, who won the U.S. Open in 2012, said he was so thrilled to be back in the side for his second Ryder Cup experience that he could not return to his hotel bed in Denver.   Continued...

U.S. Ryder Cup players Bubba Watson (L) and  Webb Simpson wait on the tenth green during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne