With the overall victory already claimed by the United States, the penultimate match of the day came to the final hole with no bearing on the actual result. So Simpson, who had led Louis Oosthuizen ever since the second hole, saw an opportunity to keep things friendly.
“He had a 15-footer for birdie and I had a 15-footer for par,” Simpson later explained. “I just gave him the hole to halve the match. He’s a great dude.”
Had the overall match not been closed out by Tiger Woods minutes earlier, their match could have been the deciding one. And if the final result was still hanging in the balance, Simpson and Oosthuizen would have gone to extra holes rather than each taking a half-point.