Watson named U.S. Ryder Cup captain for 2014

Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:13pm EST
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tom Watson was named captain of the 2014 United States Ryder Cup team on Thursday, a move the Americans hope will end their run of losses against Europe in the biennial competition.

Watson will be 65 when the matches are played at Gleneagles in Scotland, making him the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history, surpassing John Henry Taylor, who was 62 when he captained Great Britain to victory in 1933.

"I was waiting 20 years to get the call again. I loved it the first time," said Watson, who led the U.S. to victory in 1993 in his previous stint as captain.

"I've been a great fan of the Ryder Cup, always been watching, I get the same gut feeling just watching it at home on TV. It's a great honor to do it again."

A winner of eight majors, including five British Opens, Watson became just the seventh man to be named U.S. captain on more than one occasion. The last was Jack Nicklaus in 1987.

"Tom Watson is one of the most respected players and ambassadors in the game of golf, and the PGA of America is excited that he has accepted the task of once again guiding a United States Ryder Cup Team," PGA of America President Ted Bishop said.

"The 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will mark 21 years since the U.S. has won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil. Tom was the last American captain to accomplish this feat and we hope that he can do it again."

In a break from tradition, the PGA of America made the announcement on national breakfast television, the NBC's "Today" show.   Continued...

Golfer Tom Watson (L) and PGA of America president Ted Bishop speak to the press after Watson is introduced as the Ryder Cup captain in New York, December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid