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Thursday 14 December 2017

Watson tipped for return to Scotland as US captain

James Corrigan

TOM WATSON has emerged as a shock candidate to be named America's Ryder Cup captain tomorrow as the US PGA sets its sights on a first away victory in more than 20 years.

Watson was the last man to lead the Stars and Stripes to victory on European soil – in 1993 at The Belfry – and his enduring popularity in Scotland would be an emotional pull for the Gleanagles crowd in 2014.

But the five-time British Open champion's re-appointment would be controversial – and not just because at 63 he is considered too old. Watson has been highly critical of Tiger Woods in the past.


David Toms is the obvious choice, with Fred Couples and another veteran in Larry Nelson being widely touted.

But reports in the US suggest Toms has yet to be approached and Nelson is still down to play in a father and son event in Orlando this week.

The US PGA has revealed that Ted Bishop, president of the Professional Golfers' Association of America, would announce the successor to Davis Love tomorrow.

Watson has said he would relish the opportunity to be American captain again. Speaking in Sydney, where he had finished 28th in the Australian Open, he said: "It would be a great honour if I got tapped on the shoulder," Watson said. "I haven't been to a Ryder Cup since 1993. I'd like to go back as captain. That would be cool."

Woods' relationship with Watson has been strained, so the former world No 1 is likely to be far keener on Couples as a potential captain.

In the aftermath of the lurid revelations made about Woods' private life in 2010, Watson was highly critical of his behaviour. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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