Some may be shocked at today’s announcement that Tom Watson will captain the 2014 US Ryder Cup team. The rumor was leaked by multiple outlets during this past week. Before these leaks surfaced, it was largely thought that Larry Nelson could well be the choice. I mean Nelson had been passed over on numerous occasions.
In a sense, the selection of Watson shouldn’t be that big a surprise, if you’re one that is surprised. No one should be now, of course.
With Gleneagles serving as the host, having Watson serve as the US Captain is actually ideal. Watson is extremely beloved in Scotland (where isn’t he?), and it has been discussed that having Watson as the US Captain could deflect some of the “nastiness” a Ryder Cup can produce whether it derives from the gallery or the players themselves. We have previously seen that “bad blood” spill into the competition in the past.
With the US coming on the short end of the stick in seven of the last nine matches since 1993, it would also seem selecting Watson could serve as motivation and a reminder. Watson did captain the team to a win in 1993, and Watson himself has played on four Ryder Cup teams, three of which the US came away with the victory.
Of course, with any selection, there will be those that have doubts. SOme wonder if Watson will have the means to relate to today’s players due to the fact that Watson will be around 65 when the 2014 version of the Ryder Cup commences. Honestly, I don’t think that will be as big an issue as others are making it out to be. It could be the other way around. Watson is still greatly revered in golf and commands a room whenever he enters it.