Watson named 2014 US Ryder Cup captain

Eight-time major champion to lead the stars and stripes for a second time


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Elementary: Watson intends to win back Ryder Cup

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.

Who do you think of the decision to pick Watson? You can tell us in the forum below and on our Facebook page. You can also tweet us @Golfmagic.

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The 2014 US Ryder Cup captain will be announced on Thursday. Who do you think will get the nod?

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 14:57

I'd like to see Miguel Angel Jiminez get the nod (who will be 50 at the time), but I have a feeling it will be Darren Clarke (who may be too young at 46). If it was Jiminez in 2014 and Clarke in the US in 2016 that would be a great.

Paul McGinley is often quoted (who will be 48 in 2014) but has he done enough (both career and Ryder Cup wise - "that putt" in 2002 excepted).

Thomas Bjorn another perenial favourite but as similar story to McGinley.

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 15:57

I reckon they'll go for an American as Miguel, Darren or Paul McGinley might prefer the European captaincy!!

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:04


It's okay, CC, we just had a shout for Sandy Lyle on Twitter...

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:17

European decision to be made in January.

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:20

All I can say is that I've been trying to get a bet on Tom Watson to become captain for the past two months ;)

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:46

Oh US. Who gives a flying f...

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 17:38

How did Watson get a mention? Sounds more like some casual comments have been taken a little too seriously.

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 17:42

Don't be surprised if he gets it, BT

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 18:51

Apparently David Toms is favorite. I'd go for Fred Couples but I don't care who it is as long as they get stuffed

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 20:25

Yeah David Toms 11/8. Watson 2/1. Nelson 5/2. Couples 12s.

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 20:54

Apparently Watson is now emerging as the nailed on favourite to be announced on a US breakfast TV show on Thursday. He's already said he'd be honoiured to get a tap on the shoulder and is revered in Scotland where Gleneagles will be hosting the event.

It smacks of desperation by the PGA of America which makes the selection and sadly will probably force our own PGA to pick a similarly big character as Europe's captain in Darren Clarke. Personally I believe Paul McGinley would be a far better choice - determined, grounded, professional, respected and with an eye for detail, much more a Langer or Olazabal style captain/manager who will put the team above all else rather than personal reputation.

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 11:19

If Tom Watson is picked then it may be to curry favour with the locals (or to at least elicit respectable support), but don't forget, Watson won as Captain in 1993 against Bernard Gallagher (one of our own "revered" Ryder Cup sons), in Europe (at The Belfry - the then home of the UK Ryder Cup matches).

And let's not forget that a couple of years ago he also almost walked away with the biggest prize in golf and a record equalling 6th Open title at almost 60yrs old.

He still plays unbelievably well and commands the respect of everyone in the US (both his peers and also the current crop of PGA Tour stars). So why not? Better him than some faceless, dull as dishwater automaton who commands about as much respect as a Traffic Warden!

So rather than "smacks of desperation", if Watson is named, then "stroke of genius" could actually end up being more apt.

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 13:52

Golf channel apparently have said that they expect Watson to be announced tommorrow, does sound like he is the man.

interesting choice.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 00:06

Crikey, with Watson installed as captain they must be going all out for revenge.

Now the big question is gonna be who is man to take him on !

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 13:45

I see it mainly as irrelevant who the captain is with regards to the result.

It's all just down to putting over the 3 days, that's pretty much historic fact.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 13:53

Does it matter, was it Loves fault that Stricker and Woods who normally win every match suddenly played like choppers.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 14:15

Does it matter?

Do you think Europe would have made the comeback they did for anyone other than Olazabal back in sept?

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 14:19

I personally think Davis Love was a weak captain and that they now have the right man who will do everything in his power to win the Ryder Cup for USA.

There is no way Love should have rested Bradley and Mickelson on the Saturday afternoon at Medinah. They were playing the best golf out of anyone (well, before Poulter went crazy on Saturday evening). Love should have said, 'No, go and win your match and win us the Ryder Cup.'

I also understand from a source that Woods stormed into the teamroom on the Saturday evening and told Love how he wanted to play at No.12 on Sunday and for Stricker to be No.11, before saying 'you can do what you want with the rest...'

I'm not sure Watson will put up with that sort of behaviour in 2014, particularly given his relationship with Woods is much like how the weather can be at Gleneagles.


Posted: 13/12/2012 at 14:20

That may be the case but I gave us zero chance going into Sunday this time around. Apparently Olazabal's pre-singles speech was both rousing and rallying, and while it does come down to putting (and the yanks are statistically better at that than us, especially on home turf, hence Davis Love's "long course, no rough, putting comp" layout), you're not telling me that speech was not worth something.

Aparently Azinger was the same (and like Olazabal would be quoting Seve, Azinger quoted Payne Stewart) and got his guys fired up and ready to do the business. Whereas Nick Faldo's persona (or certainly came across that way during the painful TV interviews) was one of: "Hey guys, been there done that. Most European majors, blah, blah, blah..." - so where was the fire there? Apart from Wildcard Poulter, there wasn't any.

So while the Captaincy may be viewed as irrelevant I'm sure that players perform better when they respect (and like) their Captain when compared to one who they think a buffoon (a'la Hal "Fred Flinstone" Sutton) or aloof/up themselves (a'la Faldo).

Don't get me wrong, Faldo is my favourite European golfer (of the "Big 5" era) purely because of his Hoganesque work ethic and commitment to detail, but he was a sh!te Ryder Cup Captain. Woosie on the other hand (who is a miserable trout-faced g!t IMO) was an excellent Captain.

I can't see any member of the US team not striving their utmost to provide the legend Tom Watson with another victory.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 14:29

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