Ryder Cup 2014: Tom Watson says Americans have point to prove at Gleneagles

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 23/09/13 10:50pm

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Tom Watson has one year until the start of his captaincy of the American Ryder Cup side with dreams of ending the losing streak.

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American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says his only thought is to win and says his players will have a point to prove when they arrive at Gleneagles in a year's time.

Watson and European counterpart Paul McGinley are in Scotland to mark the one year to go celebrations ahead of the Ryder Cup net September.

The PGA of American brought Watson back as captain to try and arrest a run of four European wins in five Ryder Cups - following the Miracle of Medinah last year in Chicago.

That comeback win hurt America badly, and now Watson is determined to repeat his efforts in 1993 as the last American captain to lead a winning Ryder Cup team on European soil.

"There's only one thought - to win," Watson told Sky Sports News as he travelled to Gleneagles on a specially organised steam train.

"It's a great event, the world watches this event and the Americans have not done very well. It's on a much larger is scale since the last time I did it."

Scottish welcome

Watson is much-loved in Scotland but he is under no illusions that his team will be up against a partisan European crowd at Gleneagles - but would not want it any other way.

"There's no pretense that it'll be a partisan event, that's how it should be. I've played on teams and been captain and I know it's a partisan event," he added. "It's great playing for your country.

"That's the unique thing about the Ryder Cup, we play for ourselves all year but playing for your country is completely different."

Watson is relishing a return to Scotland, and he hopes to use the frustration of some narrow defeats over the last few years, especially in Medinah, as motivation to this time come out on top.

"I don't know if my players will eat a lot of haggis but I know the players are looking forward to playing here no question about it - and they have something to prove after last year.

"If you look at it objectively it was a great match but it turned out wrong for the American side and the players who played on the team last year, they'll have something to prove.

"I think they're getting pretty sick and tired of it, the American players - they have to go out and prove that they can get it."

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