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Tom Watson to take captaincy of the US team for a second time

Tom Watson has been accepted the task of US Ryder Cup captain once again, making him the oldest to have held the post. Watson will be 65 when the next competition tees off in 2014.

Tom Watson, who will captain the US side for a second time when the competition resumes in 2014, will be 65 years old at that time.
Tom Watson, who will captain the US side for a second time when the competition resumes in 2014, will be 65 years old at that time.

 

Eight-time major golf champion Tom Watson was named yesterday as the captain of the 2014 US Ryder Cup squad, making him the oldest captain in United States history at the age 63.

Watson, a five-time British Open champion, was selected in hopes of ending an American slump in the biennial golf showdown.

Europeans have won five of the past six Ryder Cup matches, including at Medinah near Chicago last September.

"I've lived for that pressure and lived underneath that pressure all my career," Watson said.

The previous oldest American captain was Sam Snead, who was 57 when he guided the Americans in 1969. Watson will be 65 when the next Ryder Cup is contested in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Watson won his first major title in Scotland at Carnoustie in 1975 and took four major crowns on Scottish soil. Watson first served as the US captain in 1993, the last time a US squad won a Ryder Cup on European soil.

"I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call," Watson said. "I loved it the first time. It's just a great honour to be able to do it again."

Of the role he added: "I'm the stage manager. I set the stage for them to go out and do what they do."

Watson becomes the first US Ryder Cup captain to take the role for a second time since 1987, when Jack Nicklaus guided the Americans at his Muirfield Village home course but the Americans suffered their first defeat on US soil.

Bernard Gallacher, Europe's captain when Watson led the US to victory at The Belfry in 1993, described the Watson's recall for 2014 at Gleneagles on Wednesday as a "surprise", but also that it was "good for the Ryder Cup".

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