Tom Watson was officially named captain of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team on Thursday.
It will be the second time in Watson’s career that he has led the U.S. team. The last came in 1993 at The Belfry, site of the Americans’ last victory on foreign soil. Since then, the U.S. has lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups, including this year when Europe matched the largest final-day comeback in the history of the matches.
Watson played in four Ryder Cups, compiling a stellar 9-3-1 mark that helped the U.S. win three of those and tie in a fourth. Five of his eight career majors have also come at the British Open, and he has won the Senior British Open three times.
The 2014 matches will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland.
"It gives him instant credibility," Brandt Snedeker said of Watson . "They'll treat him as one of their own. It'll be an interesting dynamic."
Snedeker also said Watson is “one of the best competitors of all time" and that he will bring “fire and that unwillingness to lose and that mental strength that's defined his career."
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