Posted February 13, 2014

Tom Watson Tabs Raymond Floyd as Vice-Captain For 2014 Ryder Cup

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USA team captain Ray Floyd during the 1989 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

In a press conference at Riviera Country Club, Tom Watson announced Raymond Floyd as his second vice-captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

“Raymond brings a tremendous amount of experience,” Watson said. “I played for him in 1989 and chose him in 1993 to be my at-large pick. He performed admirably. You look in Raymond’s eyes, and you never see his eyes waver. They have a focus you like to see. No matter if he’s shooting 80 or 65. The way he played the game was that every shot counts.”

Floyd, 71, holds a 12-16-3 record in his eight Ryder Cup appearances and served as captain in 1989 and assistant captain in 2008.

“I’m flattered, obviously, and it’s going to be a thrill for me to have his back,” Floyd said. “I think it will be a lot of fun.”

With Floyd on the team as a player, U.S. teams are 7-1.

“What Raymond Floyd brings is his experience and respect of the players,” Watson said of the Hall-of-Famer. “When they look at Raymond, they know he has been there. They know he’s been successful. They know he wants to win. And we don’t need anything else. He’s been there. He has the stories to share and understands what the pressure is like. He will see how nervous they get and be able to talk to them and tell them, ‘This is what I did, and maybe you can do the same thing.'”

Floyd joins Andy North as Watson’s second assistant captain. North, a two-time U.S. Open champ, is an ESPN golf commentator and played in the 1985 Ryder Cup.

“You want to create an environment that players are comfortable with,” Watson said. “They will help the players out and help me determine a lot of different variables that go into choosing my three captain’s picks and also on site to help with info on the players and how they are playing.”

The trio will attempt to end a 21-year Ryder Cup drought abroad. The last time the U.S. won on European ground was in 1993 with Watson serving as captain.

The 2014 Ryder Cup will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland on Sept. 26-28.

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17 comments
hcaur
hcaur

Watson and Tiger have yet to even talk about the Ryder Cup and no meeting is scheduled to clear the air about Watson's hypocritical criticisms of Tiger's personal issues. Watson was an alcoholic and divorced adulterer, Tiger is a divorced adulterer. Time is running out on the elephant in the room.



Gregory Ellis
Gregory Ellis

Raymond one of the Game's FIERCEST Competitors of ALL Time (y)

OnTheRoad
OnTheRoad

If the US team wins, I rather doubt that it will be because of anything that Watson does. I really like Floyd and hope that he can get Watson to just let the boys play golf and have some fun. I was not really into golf until after Floyd quit playing, but I have read stories where he liked to have fun!

tommyrogo
tommyrogo

Great choice in my opinion.  Sad he lost his wife last year.  He was the honoree at the memorial last year from Jack and the tourney.  The Americans really need a new attitude fo the Ryder Cup.  I am tired of them yakking it up.  Don't be afraid to lose.  Go for it boys.  

Nospin
Nospin

I like the pick..but I hope tom let's 'em use metal woods instead of the persimmons.

Craig Hopkins
Craig Hopkins

We shall see how the senior set manages the young ones.

kelprod1
kelprod1

@hcaur So, Tom Watson is to frowned upon for having an addiction to alcohol? An addiction which he has worked very hard to manage & overcome. Watson & Tiger need not talk about anything in their personal life...this gig is all about team golf.

tommyrogo
tommyrogo

@Nospin  Floyd has been on 7 winning teams.  USA has won 4 since 1985.  Something needs to change!

macer
macer

@kelprod1 @hcaur

kelprod1,

Watson was publicly and highly critical (hypo) of Tiger's transgressions.  Tiger doesn't forget....

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