Tom Watson has officially been named 2014 United States Ryder Cup captain at Gleneagles.
After weeks of speculation, PGA of America’s Ted Bishop broke the news on NBC’S Today Show that the victorious 1993 US Ryder Cup skipper is now the first repeat captain since Jack Nicklaus in 1987.
“It’s a great honour to do it again,” said Watson. “This time we need 14.5 points.”
When Golfmagic spoke to Watson back in 2010, he told us captaining the United States for a second time would be something he’d love to do.
And more recently, a source close to us revealed how Watson rung the PGA of America on the Monday after the United States blew a final-day four-point lead to Europe at Medinah and hinted Davis Love had been a weak leader.
According to our source, Watson said: “I know what’s going on in that team room. There are people shoving their weight around that shouldn’t be and you haven’t got a strong captain.
“I want to be your next captain.”
The selection of the 63-year-old, an eight-time major champion who won four of his five Open Championships in Scotland, marks a break from the PGA’s traditional way of thinking.
Typically, the PGA of America has opted for someone in their 40s who is somewhat competitive on Tour, but having lost seven of the past nine Ryder Cups, the organisation has turned to the man who last won the Ryder Cup for America on European soil at The Belfry 19 years ago.