Simpson: Golf at Ryder Cup a 'terrible experience'


Nearly a month removed from the 40th Ryder Cup, player reaction and analysis continues to trickle in.

This time the comments come from Webb Simpson, who is the defending champion at this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and teeing it up for the first time since Gleneagles.

Simpson made his second Ryder Cup appearance last month, but after losing the opening match of fourballs alongside Bubba Watson, 5 and 4, he did not play again until Sunday's singles' match, which he halved with Ian Poulter. Speaking in a pre-tournament press conference, he noted that while apart from golf he had a "great week," his lack of playing time took a toll.

"The golf side was a terrible experience because I only played in two matches," Simpson said.. "I showed up in Scotland really ready to play and excited to play, and when you sit through three matches in a row, it's tough.

"So the golf part for me stunk, I'm not going to lie. I mean, if I said the golf was great, you could call me a liar, and we didn't win. If I sit three matches and we win, I'll have a different answer."

After opening his title defense in Las Vegas with a 2-under 69, Simpson spoke with Golf Channel's Todd Lewis to expand on his pre-tournament comments.

"Any golfer wants to play, and I wanted to play," he said. "So my anticipation of what the Ryder Cup would be on a golf side, and what it was, was much different. And that's why I said yesterday it stunk. ... I think all of our team would agree that to an extent, the golf part did stink. We lost. We lost the Ryder Cup, and nobody likes that."

Simpson was one of three veterans selected by U.S. captain Tom Watson, and while he tied for ninth at the Deutsche Bank Championship the day before Watson made his picks, his game showed flaws in the subsequent weeks leading up to the Ryder Cup. He finished T-53 among the 70-man field at the BMW Championship, then tied for 23rd among 30 players at the Tour Championship.

Reports surfaced last week that Watson was originally planning to use his final pick on Bill Haas, rather than Simpson, who used an eleventh-hour series of texts to work his way onto the team alongside Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan. His career record in the matches now stands at 2-3-1.