Tom Watson Ryder Cup Captain

BY Bruce Young | 14 Dec 2012

Just three days after returning from Australia and his good week at the Australian Open, Tom Watson has been officially named as the 2014 USA Ryder Cup Captain for the contest between Europe and the USA at the Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.

The 63 year old is sure to prove a popular choice with his potential team members and even with the parochial galleries in Scotland where Watson won four of his five Open Championship titles.

“Indeed, it’s an honor to be the captain again for the team, said Watson. "It’s been 19 years, and frankly when he called me to start the process, and he called me over a year ago to start the process of thinking about being the captain. I said, "Boy, I’ve been waiting for this call for a long time," to be asked again to be the captain, because I really wanted the challenge to do it again.

“The way I look at being a captain, it’s like being a stage manager. Here we are in iconic New York, this building right here, not too far from Broadway. The theatre which we went to last night, you know, there’s always a stage manager and that person has to prepare the stage for the actors, and that’s what I do as a captain. I prepare the stage for the actors, in this case the players.”

Watson was the last man to Captain a winning US side in Europe, that victory coming in 1993 at the Belfry in England

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