Golfing legend Tom Watson to lead United States Ryder Cup in 2014
Sydney: Golfing legend Tom Watson will take charge of the United States Ryder Cup team in 2014, it has been announced.
The veteran golfer will be 65 years old when he leads out his team at Gleneagles in September 2014.
In a bold of move, the PGA of America confirmed Watson had been given back the job he did at The Belfry in 1993, the last time Europe lost at home, and entrusted with the task of ending a run of five American defeats in the last six matches, the Daily Mirror reports.
According to the report, Watson, who last weekend made the cut at the Australian Open and then was the only player to break 70 on the final day, looks certain to be up against either Darren Clarke or Paul McGinley, 44 and 45 respectively, a decision is expected next month.
Watson made it clear he wants Tiger Woods on his side, even though he had harsh words to say in the wake of Woods’ sex scandal in 2009, and the fact that since 1999, the only time the US have triumphed was the one time Woods was not playing, the report said.
He has not decided yet how many wild cards he wants, but if Woods fails to qualify automatically, he can expect to be the No.1 choice for a pick, the report added.
“He’s the best player maybe in history. Our relationship’s fine and I want him on my team,” Watson added.