The Simpson Cup: An annual tournament between teams of injured servicemen and veterans from the U.S. and Britain

Just like the Ryder Cup, the Simpson Cup alternates between venues in the U.S. and Great Britain.

The Simpson Cup: An annual tournament between teams of injured servicemen and veterans from the U.S. and Britain

In 2012 at TPC Sawgrass, injured veterans from United States and British military forces came together for a few action-packed days, battling it out in a Ryder Cup-style event – the Simpson Cup was born. Despite the difference in skill level among players, the handicap system allows any veteran, regardless of talent, to represent their country.

The tournament is named after John Simpson, former Senior Vice President of International Management Group. Simpson only has one fully-functional leg due to a battle with polio as a child. Throughout his career at IMG, Simpson managed some of the biggest names in golf including Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh and Greg Norman.

Just like the Ryder Cup, the Simpson Cup alternates between venues in the U.S. and Britain. In 2013, after it’s inaugural playing in Ponte Verde, Florida, the veterans traveled to Royal Lytham & St Annes, an 11-time Open Championship course, in the United Kingdom. Throughout the Cup’s history, some of the most historic venues in golf played host to the deserving field.

  • 2014: Congressional Country Club (first Cup win for the U.S.)
  • 2015: Royal St. George’s Golf Club (Britain’s third win in four tries)
  • 2016: Oak Hill Country Club (U.S. victory)
  • 2017: Royal Birkdale Golf Club (Another U.S. win).
  • 2018: The Maidstone Club (America’s third win in a row)
  • 2019: The Old Course, St. Andrews (Britain’s first win since 2015).
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled in 2020.

This week, the American and British veterans are finally back together, with the Simpson Cup all-time record tied, 4-4.

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The Creek, a 1923 C.B. Macdonald design, was this year’s venue. The Long Island gem, sitting just over 30 miles from Manhattan, went through a restoration in 2017 headed by renowned architect Gil Hanse.

The Simpson Cup weekly schedule closely resembles a Ryder Cup week, with an opening ceremony, gala dinner, official team photos. After the pre-tournament events were over, it was time to play some golf, which began with six Four-ball matches Tuesday morning.

The Americans got off to a hot start, winning four of the six matches, while halving the other two. Heading into Wednesday’s singles matches, the U.S. held a 5-1 lead.

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With the British needing a big comeback, two of the first three matches were won by the blue side, including a statement win by Gregg Stevenson who took down Nick Kimmel, 7 and 6. If you’re interested in learning more about Kimmel, a triple amputee, and his incredible story of recovering from horrific injury during battle, click here.

Despite Stevenson’s efforts, the majority of the board would favor the U.S. by the early afternoon.

Overall, the Americans went on to win seven of the 12 singles matches on Wednesday, taking back the Simpson Cup after losing in 2019 at the Old Course, with a final tally of 13-5.

Courtesy of the Simpson Cup

Full results: The Simpson Cup

All participants in the Simpson Cup are members of the On Course Foundation. The following was taken from the Simpson Cup website.

“OCF offers monthly, nationwide, golf skills and employment training events where attendees receive golf skills tuition from accredited teaching professionals and employment advice from an array of sectors within the golf industry. OCF then facilitates practical training to achieve industry-specific qualifications and assists in providing work experience placements and full-time employment opportunities in the golf and related industries.”

Courtesy of the Simpson Cup

Not only is the charity endorsed by the R&A, but before his passing, Arnold Palmer was a Patron of the foundation.

If you’re interested in donating to the On Course Foundation, click here in the U.S., or click here in the U.K.

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Rory McIlroy learned something important about himself during emotional Ryder Cup

“I think when I play my best, I'm the best player in the world."

Rory McIlroy learned something important about himself during emotional Ryder Cup

LAS VEGAS – Rory McIlroy couldn’t hold back the tears.

After defeating Xander Schauffele in the leadoff singles match in the Ryder Cup last month, McIlroy looked at the scoreboard and saw mostly red flags and knew instantly Team USA was routing his European mates.

It was McIlroy’s second loss in the biennial tussle in six editions and he had an emotional explosion during an interview just after beating Schauffele, 3 and 2. It was the lone point McIlroy earned against three losses during the week. And through genuine, raw, tearful moments of agony, he talked about his love for his team and the event and how much the loss hurt him.

It was a telling interview.

“I don’t necessarily get that emotional about golf, so I guess in that way it surprised me. But as you know, it’s a very emotionally charged week,” McIlroy said Wednesday after his pro-am round for the CJ Cup at The Summit. “There were so many different thoughts and emotions. There was relief that I won a point, there was frustration that I didn’t get more out of myself and disappointment I didn’t do more for the team, so there was so many sort of different emotions sort of going through me there and it was all just a little overwhelming in a way.

“But I think it was a good thing for me. I think I realized a couple of things about myself that I hadn’t, or maybe I had known but I was maybe trying to keep down and not let them out. I was surprised at how emotional I got, but then after a little bit of reflection over the last couple of weeks, I realized why I did get that way.”

Part of what he learned about himself during the outburst was to be true to himself. He’s often talked about the game not defining him, not being his top priority, that you win some and you lose some and you move on. The approach tempers the blow of defeat but can be a crutch.

“I think sometimes I give myself too easy of a time and I try to play it off with, you know, golf doesn’t define me and I’ve got balance in my life and I’m happy away from the course,” McIlroy said. “And that’s obviously very true, but if I’m honest, sometimes I sort of maybe use that as a way to lessen the blow if I don’t play good golf.”

McIlroy hasn’t played his best golf of late. In March, he fell out of the top-10 in the world rankings for the first time since 2018 and he’s currently No. 14. He hasn’t added to his four major championships since winning the 2014 PGA. He won the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year for his 19th PGA Tour title, but he’s earned just three top-10s in 11 starts since.

But the competitive fire still burns inside McIlroy. He wants win No. 20 on the PGA Tour and the lifetime membership that comes with it. He wants major No. 5 and more. He wants to be No. 1 again.

“I think when I play my best, I’m the best player in the world,” he said. “Haven’t played like that for a while, though, but I don’t feel like I need to go that far back to whenever the pandemic hit, whatever it was, 18 months ago, I was the No. 1 player in the world.

“Obviously the last 18 months haven’t been what I’ve wanted them to be, but if you keep it in perspective, I’m not that far away. (Ranked 14th) is not the position I want to be in, but at the same time there’s so many other guys that are trying to do the same thing as I’m doing and I realize the competition gets tougher each and every year and you just have to try to not just keep up with that, but try to become better.”

McIlroy said he sort of turned the corner a little bit at the end of the season and is looking forward to playing competitive golf again after a two-week break.

“It’s a nice, gentle introduction to the season, 70‑whatever players, no cut,” McIlroy said of the CJ Cup. “I feel like you’re going out there to compete and play and try to win, but at the same time you can maybe try a couple things out in your golf game that you’re maybe working on.

“So it’s a nice way to start the season.”

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