Ryder Cup: United States banking on Tom Watson's leadership at Gleneagles

Last Updated: 24/09/13 2:34pm

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PGA of America president Ted Bishop thinks Tom Watson's legendary status in Scotland may be worth a point or two.

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Tom Watson's captaincy provides the United States with several advantages at the 2014 Ryder Cup, thinks PGA of America president Ted Bishop.

Watson is one of golf's living legends with eight major victories, including five Open Championships.

The 64-year-old previously skippered his country to victory at The Belfry in the 1993 Ryder Cup and has been brought back for a second stint in charge at Gleneagles next year as the United States look to turn around their recent poor form at the biennial event.

The Americans have won just two of the last nine Ryder Cups and suffered a final-day meltdown at Medinah in 2012 when they managed to lose despite leading 10-6 going into the singles.

Bishop, who was involved in the appointment, cited Watson's ability to handle the media and his rapport with the Scottish public - he won four of his Opens north of the border - as positives for the United States.

He told Sky Sports: "When we were going through the interview process I talked to players that played for Tom on the '93 team at The Belfry.

"They talked about the leadership role that he took as a captain. He had the players' backs the entire week, there were a few things that came up that could have been distractions to the players, Tom took care of that.

"I think he'll divert a lot of media attention to himself, away from our team.

"And the other things is: he's revered in Scotland. We're going to be the opponents and the Europeans will have the home-crowd advantage but there's a dynamic there that that will be a little bit favourable for our team."

Europe defend the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles from September 26-28 next year.

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