Tom Watson motivated by United States' recent Ryder Cup struggles

Last Updated: 18/05/13 2:38pm

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Tom Watson isn't expecting to get the support he usually receives at next year's Ryder Cup in Scotland, where he won four of his five Open Championships.

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United States captain Tom Watson intends to take a ruthless approach to selecting his pairings during the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Watson is motivated by the chance to turn around his country's recent poor results in the biennial fixture.

Europe's come-from-behind victory at Medinah on the final day in 2012 was their seventh win in the last nine, a record that irks Watson.

He told Sky Sports: "My job is simply to put together what I consider is the best possible team to win. I'm not shy about not playing people.

"We've been getting our tushes handed to us - so to speak. Seven out of the last nine we've lost. That doesn't sit very well with me."
Tom Watson

"If they are not playing very well, they're probably not going to play very much."

Watson, who will turn 65 shortly before the Gleneagles showpiece, has previous captaincy experience having overseen the United States' victory at The Belfry in 1993.

"I've been there and know what it's like. I've been the captain of a winning Ryder Cup team and the players are no different now than they were back then," he said.

"We've been getting our tushes handed to us - so to speak. Seven out of the last nine we've lost. That doesn't sit very well with me."

Pressure

On his approach to the job, Watson added: "A lot of it has to come from the team, keep itself loose. That's the important thing. Don't get too serious about the whole thing - go out and play golf.

"Play like you're a kid again. When you played your friend as a kid, you were trying to beat their brains in - (but) have fun doing it. I hope that's the attitude my team has in the Ryder Cup.

"The pressure of playing in the Ryder Cup is the greatest pressure we play under.

"I've been there before and have been able to deal with the pressure. I can relate to the players on the effects of the pressure. That's one of the things a good Ryder Cup captain must do.

"The heroic shots that are played in the Ryder Cup are rivaled by no major tournament.

"Playing match play is a different breed of cat. There are times when you can play that heroic shot and not be concerned about the outcome - making a double or triple bogey. As a result, you see some of the most magnificent shots in golf at the Ryder Cup."

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