Watson named as 2014 Ryder Cup captain

Eight-time major golf champion Tom Watson has been named captain of the 2014 US Ryder Cup squad by the PGA of America, making him the oldest captain in US history at age 63.

The Europeans have won five of the past six Ryder Cup matches, including at Medinah near Chicago last September.

Tom Watson Tom Watson (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Watson first served as the US captain in 1993, the last time a USA won a Ryder Cup on European soil.

Incoming PGA president Ted Bishop made a management decision to shake things up and bring in a no-nonsense huge name that has positive history to lead the USA Ryder Cup team.

Previously, the PGA of America usually selected a captain who had won major championships and was still active on the PGA Tour.

The US are obviously looking for a change and the new breed of PGA Tour player will not want to disappoint a legend.

The US also can’t afford to keep losing to Europe, especially like it did in 2012 on its home turf when, on the final day, they blew a 10-6 lead.

Four of Watson’s five British Open titles came in Scotland, and the 2014 Ryder Cup is being played in Scotland. It’s a perfect place for Watson to lead the US.