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The Tour Report
  • 1:55 PM Watson picks Floyd as assistant

  • Raymond Floyd (second from left) played for Tom Watson (center, with Ryder Cup) at the 1993 Ryder Cup. (Getty Images) Raymond Floyd (second from left) played for Tom Watson (center, with Ryder Cup) at the 1993 Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Tom Watson has chosen World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd as one of his assistant captains for the Ryder Cup.

Floyd, who is a four-time major champion, played on eight Ryder Cups and captained the 1989 squad. He won 22 times on the PGA TOUR and 14 times on the Champions Tour.

Floyd joins two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North on Watson's team. The Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 25-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

"You look at Raymond's eyes, you never saw his eyes waver, no matter if he was shooting 80, which he rarely did, or shooting 65, his eyes had a focus that you like to see," Watson said. "The way he played the game was every shot counted, and that's the type of guy that I want to be taking care of my back, as the captain."

Watson called he and Floyd and North are the "stage managers" of the U.S. Team.

"We set the stage for these players to go compete," he explained. "They have to go out and they have to act.  In my opinion, (Raymond) couldn't be a better person from the standpoint of the respect of the players because he's been there. 

"He'll have stories to share and he'll have an understanding of what the pressure is like. He'll be able to relate to the players and be there for them.  He'll be able to see how nervous they get and talk to them from the standpoint of, this is how I did it."