Around The Links: Tom Watson Talks 2014 Ryder Cup

Aug 7, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Tom Watson speaks during a press conference during the practice round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

I know it’s early in the new season, but it’s never too early to start talking about the 2014 Ryder Cup that will be played in September, and Team USA Captain Tom Watson agrees. With the new qualifying criteria in effect, Watson will need to keep a keen eye on tournaments throughout the season in order to make his Captains Picks, not just the majors. Players have been accumulating points since the beginning of the  2013-2014 Wrap Around schedule started back in October.

Captain’s Blog: Ryder Cup year is upon us

Tom Watson does a periodical blog at PGA.com, and keeps us updated on all the activity leading up to the Ryder Cup. He has his eye on the terrific early play by Zach Johnson, and taking care of logistics like uniforms, travel plans, and food in Scotland. It’s a formidable task Captain Tom has ahead of him when he takes his team to Gleneagles is September, in pursuit of the wayward cup that was taken from us at Medinah.

Regarding my own playing schedule, I’m going to play in four events on the PGA Tour for certain in 2014. They are the Masters, the Greenbrier Classic, the British Open and the PGA Championship. I’ll also play my normal schedule on the Champions Tour, which, for me, is right around eight events.

In Abu Dhabi, Fleetwood, Bjorn have eyes on Ryder

One of the reasons the Europeans are so tough in Ryder Cup competition is the culture and attitude. Most of the top players in Europe have only one thing in mind during the early part of the season, and that is securing a berth on Team Europe.

“It would be stupid to say you don’t want to get in it (the European team), because I’m in a good position,” he said. “But I promised myself I will take this season in little spells. I’ll concentrate on these three weeks in the Middle East right now. That’s all I can do.

“I can’t get ahead of myself. I’m at an age where I know that things can sort of stop very quickly.

Sergio Garcia strongly denies cheating

In case you haven’t heard, Sergio was accused of a possible violation during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. This article from Philly.com has a video, and full explanation of the possible violation. Garcia who has never been associated with rules violations was very upset about the accusation.

The world’s number 10 ranked player made the cut at Abu Dhabi after it was determined he did not violate any rules.

Patrick Reed enjoys desert birdiefest

Patrick Reed fired back-to-back 63′s at the Humana Challenge and has a one-shot lead going into the third round on Saturday. The cut, which doesn’t come until Saturday evening in this unique format will probably be around -9 under par when the dust settles.

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Topics: 2014 Ryder Cup, Golf, Tom Watson

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