Tom Watson, an eight-time major winner who won four of his five Open Championships in Scotland, will captain the team for the second time — 21 years after a 1993 U.S. victory at The Belfry in England. That was the last time the U.S. won overseas, and the Americans have just two victories in the biennial competition since Watson’s triumph as captain.
“I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call,” the 63-year-old Watson said Thursday morning on the “Today” show in New York, where he was officially announced as the PGA of America choice. “I loved it the first time. And I’ve been a great fan of the Ryder Cup. … It’s just a great honor to be able to do it again. This time we need 14.5 points.
“I lived for that [Ryder Cup] pressure and lived underneath that pressure all my career. I just hope I can kind of set the table for these players to go out. Like I say, I’m the stage manager. I set the stage for them, and they go out and perform their act. In two years, I hope that we can get it done.”
Here is his full press conference: