Watson, Simpson demolish Lawrie, Hanson
Friday, September 28, 2012
2012 Ryder Cup: Day 1
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MEDINAH, Ill. -- Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson had the chance to watch a lot of golf on Friday morning.
On Friday afternoon, it almost was as though their European playing competitors - Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson - were content to watch Simpson and Watson tear up Medinah to the tune of 10 birdies over 14 holes for a dominant 5-and-4 victory at the Ryder Cup.
"In this kind of format (fourballs), what we learned today, every time we got to the green, we had 30 seconds to spare and look up and see the others guys playing well and made us want to keep playing well and keep making birdies and see how soon we could get the W," said Simpson, making his Ryder Cup debut in grand style.
The American duo grabbed the first hole and never looked back, moving to 6 up thru eighth hole with a birdie by Watson after an incredible tee ball into the par 3. Both players contributed five birdies in the rout.
"It's been an amazing ride. Since my dad has been gone I've played some good golf, I've won a major, got a son, now I'm in the Ryder Cup again," said Watson. "Just playing with a buddy that can keep me cool, know he's going to play really good. For me, I just needed to be in there when he was what we call struggling, making pars, so it was fun.
"But obviously what this means to me and the United States flag and my dad not being here, it's just wild."
Now the question will be whether Davis Love III will trot Watson and Simpson back out for the Monday morning session. Both of them would love to be in the lineup - "as a competitor, a sportsman I guess you would say, I want to play. Nobody wants to sit," quipped Watson - but also know that with 12 stars to choose from, they'll have to wait their turn.
"Did it surprise me we sat (on Friday morning)? No. I mean, (Love has) 12 guys that are unbelievable players," said Simpsons. "It's been a long week, and so whatever he wants to do, he's going to make great decisions, and I think we came out today with more energy because of it."