Floyd named U.S. Ryder Cup vice-captain

Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:40pm EST
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(Reuters) - Veteran Raymond Floyd will be a vice-captain on this year's American Ryder Cup team, U.S. captain Tom Watson said on Tuesday.

Floyd, 71, won four majors, including two U.S. PGA Championships, during a decorated career.

Eight-times major winner Watson had previously announced that twice U.S. Open champion Andy North would be a vice-captain.

The Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles, Scotland from September 26-28.

Europe are defending champions in the biennial event, which the U.S. have not won in Europe since 1993, when Watson previously was captain. Watson selected Floyd as a player back then.

"What Raymond brings is experience and respect of the players," Watson said in making the announcement at Riviera Country Club, site of this week's Northern Trust Open.

"When these players look at Raymond, they know he's been there, they know he's been successful.

"You look at Raymond's eyes, you never saw his eyes waver... His eyes had a focus you like to see and the way he played the game, every shot counted, and that's the type of guy I wanted taking care of my back.

Floyd played in eight Ryder Cup teams, compiling a 12-16-3 record, and he captained the 1989 side who tied with Europe.   Continued...

U.S. Ryder Cup Assistant Captain Raymond Floyd (L) speaks with golfer Justin Leonard of the U.S. on the 12th tee during practice for the 37th Ryder Cup Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky September 16, 2008. REUTERS/Shaun Best