Walker Cup Memories: Webb Simpson

b_WebbSimpsonWCMemories --- Webb Simpson (USA) reacts to his made 100-foot putt on the  
Future U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson was part of a talented 2007 USA Walker Cup Team that won at Royal County Down. (USGA/John Mummert)  

Webb Simpson competed on the victorious 2007 USA Walker Cup Team, which defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 12.5-11.5, at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. Five members of that team, including Simpson, have gone on to earn PGA Tour wins. Simpson is the only player from the group to have won a major, the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.

What were the highlights of your Walker Cup experience?

We played Royal County Down, and that was a really great place to play match play golf. Both teams were really solid I remember. I think by 2011 eight of my team members were on the tour. It was fun to play against those guys on the other side, like Rory McIlroy. I loved the whole thing and it's a great tradition in golf.

Where does playing in the Walker Cup rank in your career?

The highlight for me was when my dad caddied for me at Pinehurst in the Southern Am, basically on my home course. The Walker Cup was a real close second. Like I said, I loved playing in the Walker Cup, and it's a terrific honor to be selected for it. You have to be a fairly accomplished player to have the chance to compete in the Walker Cup.

What did you learn that week at Royal County Down?

Well, playing on a team, first and foremost, is a new experience, playing alternate shot, relying on a teammate, getting your game prepared for a different kind of challenge. The Walker Cup introduces you to the things you face in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup and that's important.

- Dave Shedloski