It appears that there was some confusion recently on who actually picked up their phone to make the call to the other person.
On Tiger Woods' website he said a few weeks ago he was going to take some time off.
"I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain's pick, I took myself out of consideration."
On Wednesday Watson clarified who was making those calls.
"Tiger told me when I called Tiger. He didn’t call me. I called him," Watson said.
This basically confirms what we were all thinking: Watson told Woods to bow out gracefully so he wouldn't have to not pick him for the team.