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« Monty: Watson Just The Man To Deal With The American Team "Egos" | Main | Tiger: ''I'd like to congratulate Tom Watson on his selection as Ryder Cup captain" »
Thursday
Dec132012

Players Laud Watson Selection; Look Forward To His Advice On Links Courses To Play Before Arriving At Gleneagles

Thankfully no one mentioned Watson's knowledge of links golf. As Bob Harig points out, of the hundreds of fun links in Scotland, the European Tour sold to the highest bidder and will be hosting at an inland Jack Nicklaus course. Oh, and it could snow.

Steve DiMeglio has a nice roundup of American and European players on Tom Watson getting the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy nod, including Watson's first love, Brandt Snedeker.

"I'm a huge Tom Watson fan. I'm thrilled the PGA of America was thinking outside the box and Tom is a great choice. He's a decorated winner over the world and his success in Europe and Scotland gives us a lot of credibility going over there," Snedeker said. "He's loved in Scotland and fans there treat him like one of their own. It will be interesting how we're treated over there because of Tom.

"(Watson) not playing on the PGA Tour won't play any role in whether he's a great captain. The job of the captain is not to be buddy-buddy with the players; it's to put the best team on the course. He's respected in any given role and he knows plenty about what's going on and how to win."

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Reader Comments (15)

Ugh, what a travesty that it's going to this course now that Watson is captain.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
It is interesting to compare Snedeker's statement with Tiger's statement.

One seems thrilled and excited, the other seems obligated to issue an congratulations.
smack, Tiger's a lock on points, Brandt not so much. So if you're BS and your chances might hinge on a captain's pick, ya think laying it on thick might be the way to go?!?

It occurs to me that being a nice guy, and somewhat of an idiot, are not mutually exclusive. Brandt oughta quit commenting....
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Whew! Damn Del, I thought you were talking about me.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Never digger!

My Dad recently had a brush with those little colored socks with the treads on the bottom, but he's coming back! Hope you are progressing well...
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Snedeker has had a luv affair with Watson for a while now and is on record with similar comments in the past. He's been laying it on thick long long before Watson was every a captain candidate for 2014.

It is just that Tiger's (or more accurately, Mark Steiberg's) attempt to look pleased with the announcement ended up looking hollow when Howdy Doody started gushing.
Thanks. Best wishes for your dad.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Geoff,
If it snows at Gleneagles in September 2014 I will pay your bar bill.
(Says a guy from sunny Limekilns)
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Miish
Since Ryder Cup is about the cash, how about Watson pairs Tiger and Phil for Saturday matches and give the Euros another free point and match Tiger against Phil on Sunday, last match. Cha-Ching!
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
Phil may not even be able to play by then.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Snedeker has no choice... he's unlikely to make it on points, and will never be made a captain's pick again after his (predictable) meltdown in the singles.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
Especially as Watson says in his newser that Woods is a "lock" whether he qualifies or not -- first pick if for some reason he doesn't earn his way on. Makes Couples look reluctant.

So much for the notion that Watson will run his team as opposed to vice versa (half the reason they keep losing).

Suits me. Worked so well when the last one picked him.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Ghillie, that talk from Tom about Tiger is complete BS. He wouldn't think twice about leaving Tiger off that team if he didn't make it on points.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Wot, Tom Terrific tells porkies?

Wait till they hear about that in Scotland!
12.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
@ Ghille

Well, just a little porkie.

I'm sure he'd rather give Melvyn a Green Card and Captain's pick than chose Eldrick.

;-)


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12.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdgs

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