Tom Watson reduces his Ryder Cup picks - Golf - Sport - The Independent

Tom Watson reduces his Ryder Cup picks

 

Tom Watson made his first significant move as America's Ryder Cup skipper by cutting the number of captain's picks from four to three.

Watson has given greater prominence to merit, partially reversing the policy introduced by Paul Azinger, which saw the number of captain's selections jump from two to four in 2008, America's only success in the last six outings.

"I truly think the players themselves ought to get another shot at getting on the team because of their play," Watson, who captained the United States to victory at The Belfry in 1993, said. "I just think giving players the opportunity to earn a spot on merit is the right thing to do."

Watson, at 63 the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history, will announce his three selections at the beginning of September next year. Three times a winner as a player, the eight-time major champion was returned to the captaincy in a left-field measure to arrest the alarming slide in American fortunes.

"The bottom line for the players themselves is that they are the catalysts. The players will know I have been through the Ryder Cup before. They will know I know what they are going through, what they are feeling," he said. "Old age and wisdom sometimes helps the process. It is my job to get the players in the right frame of mind."

The American Ryder Cup points table for Gleneagles begins at the Masters next month. Points will be awarded at all four majors this year. The Fry's.com Open in October kicks off the award of Ryder Cup points at regular tour events through to and including the 2014 US PGA Championship.

European qualification begins in September at the Wales Open at Celtic Manor, scene of Europe's dramatic triumph in 2010 under Colin Montgomerie's leadership. Captain Paul McGinley has only two discretionary selections.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935