Couples on Simpson: 'How do you not pick that guy?'


Webb Simpson may have missed an automatic spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup team by the narrowest of margins, but captain Fred Couples seemed to suggest Monday night that he wouldn’t be passed over again.

Speaking on a conference call after the Deutsche Bank Championship, Couples described Monday as a “really sour day” for Simpson, who was clinging to the 10th and final automatic berth until Zach Johnson birdied the final hole to knock him out. Simpson, 28, has represented the U.S. at the past two team competitions (2011 Presidents Cup, ’12 Ryder Cup).

“How do you not pick that guy who has been in the top 10 for two straight years here and up until the very last second, he gets pushed out?” Couples said.

Even Johnson has begun lobbying for Simpson. He tweeted this on Monday night:

Couples said he was looking at four players for his two wild-card selections: Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk. The final picks for both teams will be announced at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday on Golf Channel.

Spieth, in particular, is an intriguing prospect. He is No. 22 in the standings but has had half the time to accrue points. The 20-year-old began the year with no status anywhere, won the John Deere Classic, posted two runners-up among eight top 10s and sits third in the Tour’s all-around ranking. His final audition was a 9-under 62 at TPC Boston.

“He’s got a 50/50 chance,” Couples said. “He’s showed a lot of character and he’s had a great year, there’s no doubt.”