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Watson: It's about time the US start winning again

ESPN staff
December 13, 2012
Tom Watson is hopeful of betting revenge © Getty Images

Tom Watson is hoping a little bit of inspiration and a dash of luck will see the United States reclaim the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.

Watson was announced as the USA captain for the event in Scotland at a press conference on Thursday, reprising a role he held successfully at The Belfry in 1993.

The eight-time major champion, who nearly won the Open as a 59-year-old back in 2009, is hopeful he can guide his side to revenge for the heartbreaking defeat to Europe at Medinah back in September.

"This responsibility is a challenge but I've been there before and I welcome it," Watson said at a press conference in New York. "The idea of being captain for a team of youngsters will be questioned - why Watson, being the old guy - and I deflect that very simply by saying 'we play the same game.'

"I play against these kids at the Masters, the Open, the Greenbrier Classic - we play the same game and we understand that.

"It's my challenge to set the stage with a little bit of extra inspiration for them to go out along with some Watson luck, as I said in an interview earlier, that propelled us to victory in 1993.

"It's a great honour to be the captain, I've looked forward to it, it's going to be a great journey the next couple of years and I hope that we will change the tide of losing the Ryder Cup seven out of the nine years.

"The most important thing is that we are going to pull out the stops to beat [Europe]. The bottom line is to win.

"We'll do it in style and with the grace with which we play the game. We're tired of losing. I always said that earlier in my career I learned to win by hating to lose and it's about time for our team to start winning again. I hope that's the attitude my players have."

Watson also reiterated his desire to have Tiger Woods on his team, after criticising his attitude in recent iterations of the event.

"I want him on my team," Watson said. "Tiger is maybe the best player in history. If he's not on the team, he's going to be number one in my picks.

"My relationship with Tiger is fine, whatever has been said in the past is water under the bridge."

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