The PGA Tour selected Tiger Woods as the youngest U.S. captain ever last year, a role that will see Woods guide the U.S. against a team of international players in Melbourne, Australia in December.

Webb Simpson is one of the outside hopefuls looking in, having moved up to 10th in the standings thanks to some recent hot play that includes a pair of runner-up finishes at last week’s WGC St. Jude Invitational and the Canadian Open in June.

Simpson has appeared on both Ryder Cup and President’s Cup teams before and told reporters Wednesday ahead of the Wyndham Championship that making the team remains a serious priority.

“It’s a really big goal every year to make the team event,” Simpson said. “If you make a team event, no matter how you think your year has gone, it’s a good thing. It’s saying something good about your game.”

He was surprised that his recent run of success didn’t move him higher in the standings and told reporters he shared those thoughts on a phone call with Woods.

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Woods, according to Simpson’s account, was not sympathetic.

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