Webb Simpson 'honoured' by Tom Watson selection

Webb Simpson in action during round one of the World Golf Championships on August 1, 2013
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Team USA's Webb Simpson believes that he can handle the pressure that the Ryder Cup brings to secure the trophy for his side.

Webb Simpson has admitted that he feels 'honoured' to have been selected as part of Team USA's Ryder Cup contingent by captain Tom Watson.

The 40th instalment of the showpiece event gets underway at Gleneagles tomorrow morning, where Simpson looks certain to partner Bubba Watson.

"The coolest part about being paired with Bubba is our games are so different," the 29-year-old told reporters. "One of my strengths is short-iron play and he gives me a lot more opportunities than I give myself. He gets so excited, I'm always telling him to be quiet."

Simpson, who has featured in one previous Ryder Cup, also recalled the moment when Watson selected him as part of his captain's pick.

"He called me at 4.30 in the morning and he knew I wasn't sleeping," he added. "I think it's a good pressure and I definitely feel like I want to play my part. It's an honour to be picked by a eight-time Major champion."

Sports Mole's guide to Team USA can be found here.

Who will win the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles?

Europe
Draw (Europe retains)
USA
Europe
68.0%
Draw (Europe retains)
8.0%
USA
24.0%
The 2014 USA Ryder Cup team and captain Tom Watson pose for a photo at Gleneagles ahead of the event on September 23, 2014
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