It will be Watson’s second captaincy. His 1993 U.S. team won at The Belfry in England by a narrow margin, 15-13. The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland. Watson was anxious to get a second crack, saying he has been “waiting for this call for a long time.”
“I loved it the first time,” he said. “I’m a great fan of the Ryder Cup. It’s a great honor to be able to do it again.”
The other TW (Tiger Woods), who has had a frosty relationship with Watson stemming from critical remarks Watson made about him, quickly issued a statement.
“I’d like to congratulate Tom Watson on his selection as Ryder Cup captain. I think he’s a really good choice. Tom knows what it takes to win, and that’s our ultimate goal. I hope I have the privilege of joining him on the 2014 United States Team.”
Larry Nelson, a three-time major winner (including two PGA Championships) and a member of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams, was a casualty in the process. Nelson, 65, was considered to be a strong candidate for the 2014 captaincy but was bypassed with the selection of Watson, who got a rare second chance.
Nelson had a 9-3-1 Ryder Cup record. Watson posted a 10-4-1 mark in four Ryder Cup appearances.