After getting our butts kicked in singles play at the 2012 Ryder Cup in September, The PGA of America is reportedly looking to appoint Tom Watson as the Captain of Team USA in 2014. The other players in line for the job were Larry Nelson, or David Toms, but the PGA has other ideas, and are looking to change directions. With the the cup in hand after play on Friday and Saturday at Medinah, Team USA folded their tents and were soundly beaten on Sunday, letting Team Europe take the Cup back to Europe.
Tom Watson has had a ton of success in Europe, managing a win at The Belfry in 1993 with his team, not to mention his play every year in the Open Championship. With 70 career wins on his resume, he won the British Open five times in his stellar career, and almost won at age 59 in 2009, making one mistake that handed the tournament to Stewart Cink.
The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played at the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. The PGA will be looking to use Watson’s popularity in Scotland to neutralize the expected loud fan base.
Tom Watson will not let the team be managed by committee like some of the younger captains. He will pair people based on his knowledge of the the teams strengths and weakness, and will have the respect of all players on the team, including Tiger Woods.
With all due respect to Davis Love III, I felt like he made too many mistakes for the 2012 contest. I still scratch my head pondering his selection of Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker to the team. He had plenty of good young talent to pick from, and that was the best he could come up with. Hunter Mahan is an excellent Match Play golfer, and Nick Watney got his putter going in the FedEx Cup Playoff, and should have been on the team. If Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker could have made one clutch putt, the Cup would have stayed in the USA.
If this announcement comes true, I can’t wait for the tournament to begin. I believe if anyone can go over there, and bring the Ryder Cup home, Tom Watson is the man to do it.
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