Tom Watson, who captained the U.S. to a Ryder Cup victory the last time the U.S. won in Europe in 1993, will return as captain for the 2014 team. And he has an important supporter in his corner: Tiger Woods.
“I'd like to congratulate Tom Watson on his selection as Ryder Cup captain,” Woods said in a statement. “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.”
The Americans have lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups.
“We've got the right guy to lead our team,” PGA of America president Ted Bishop said.
Watson will be 65 when the 2014 Ryder Cup is played at Gleneagles in Scotland, making him the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history. Sam Snead was 57 when he was captain in 1969, and the oldest European captain was John Jacobs (56) in 1981.
“I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call,” Watson said Thursday. “I loved it the first time. I'm a great fan of the Ryder Cup. It's a great honor to be able to do it again.”