Watson told Ryder Cup squad he was picking Haas

Yet more unflattering details emerge from Tom Watson's 2014 United States Ryder Cup side

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Tue, 7 Oct 2014

Watson told Ryder Cup squad he was picking Haas

JUST when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the 2014 United States Ryder Cup team in the aftermath of a European demolition at Gleneagles two weeks ago, it has.

According to a Golfweek report, captain Tom Watson told some of the US team members that he had selected Bill Haas as his final captain's pick, only to change his mind the morning the picks were due out.

The man who replaced Haas, we understand, was Webb Simpson - the former US Open champion who is rumoured to have texted Watson to state his case as to why he should make the 12-man team.

It has also been reported that Watson didn’t consult any team members while attempting to decide his third captain’s pick, but he did seek the counsel of his assistant captains and, most interestingly, Tiger Woods.

Looking back on Ryder Cup week, perhaps Watson should have just turned his phone off.

Simpson played poorly during the Friday foursomes loss with Bubba Watson, highlighted by a very poor opening tee shot, and then sat out until the Sunday singles when securing half a point against Ian Poulter.

Watson has already come under scrutiny for the way he managed the American side, particularly after sitting the red-hot rookie pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed and for benching Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley for both Saturday sessions.

 

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