13 to watch for 2013: No. 4 Tom Watsontext sizeJanuary 10, 2013
At the press conference introducing Tom Watson as the United States Ryder Cup captain for 2014, Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, referenced “everybody that is listening and watching all around the world.”
For the next two years, there isn’t a Champions Tour player who will be on the world golf stage more frequently than Watson. Everybody will want to speak to Watson, see him and hear his take on everything golf. That’s the way it is when you are the Ryder Cup captain. When you’re Tom Watson, a legend in the game, the value is multiplied many times.
Anybody who knows Watson knows that he’s all about taking on challenges. Watson served as captain the last time the U.S. won in Europe in 1993 and he admits, “Boy, I’ve been waiting for this call for a long time.”
Be sure of this: Watson will take to the task the way he does everything else. With class and grace, and the focus on golf. Oh, yes, and this: Winning.
“We’re tired of losing,” he said, the day he was introduced as captain. “I always said that early in my career, I learned to win by hating to lose. It’s about time to start winning again for our team.
“This responsibility is a challenge, but I've been there before and I welcome it … It's my challenge simply to maybe set the stage with a little extra inspiration for them to go out along with some Watson luck. It's a great honor to be the captain, I look forward to it. It's going to be a great journey these next couple years.”
All eyes will be on Watson for the next two years as he and the U.S. golfers take that journey to Gleneagles, Scotland.
2012 QUICK REVIEW
Best finishes T7 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai By the Numbers
Cuts made: 5
Top-10 finishes: 1
Schwab Cup ranking: 49th
Money List rank: 69th