Golfing legend Tom Watson has been named captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team for 2014, when the Americans will attempt to wrest the trophy back from the Europeans.
The PGA of America is looking to Watson to turn the tide in a rivalry that Europe has dominated in recent years, having won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups, including a come-from-behind victory in September in Medinah, Illinois,
As a player, Watson participated in four Ryder Cups and was on three winning teams. He previously served as captain at the Belfry in Warwickshire, England, in 1993, the last time the United States won on European soil.
"I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call," Watson said Thursday morning on NBC's "Today" show. "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."
Watson, who recalled the U.S. team's disappointing defeat this summer, when it squandered a 10-6 lead, said he is confident he can field a group capable of recovering the trophy.
The winner of eight major championships, Watson will be 65 when the next Ryder Cup is played in September 2014, making him the oldest captain in the history of the competition.
He also becomes the only repeat captain after Jack Nicklaus, who was the U.S. skipper in 1983 and 1987.
The 2014 event will be played at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, where Watson won four of his five British Open titles and is a beloved figure among golf fans. EFE