Watson's pick hangs over Simpson-Haas pairing


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – There likely won’t be any Ryder Cup talk on Thursday between Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. No need.

Simpson, you may recall, was one of Tom Watson’s three Ryder Cup captain’s picks. It was a spot that multiple sources say was going to Haas just a day earlier.

But before Watson arrived in New York City on Sept. 2, he’d changed his mind following an extended early-morning conversation with Simpson.

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Haas said he spoke with Simpson on Tuesday at the McGladrey Classic, where the duo will play the first two rounds together, but they never discussed the Ryder Cup or Watson’s picks.

“I don’t know if we will talk about it. I don’t know that it needs to be. He earned his spot,” Haas said. “If you want to see someone get picked, I want a buddy of mine to get picked. The answer to all of this is just play better and earn a spot.”

Haas, who like Simpson attended Wake Forest, said that he learned he wouldn’t be a pick the Tuesday morning Watson made his announcement, but sources have said the captain planned to pick Haas just 12 hours earlier.