The ovation he heard that week in Turnberry might be different at Gleneagles.
“They’re going to be cheering against me,” he said during a brief appearance on the “Today” show to announce his captaincy.
The PGA of America broke from its model of taking former major champions in their late 40s who still play the PGA Tour and are in touch with the players. Watson last played a full schedule in 1998, though the PGA of America had to wonder if perhaps the young captains were too close to the players.
As for the pressure of bringing back the Ryder Cup?
“This responsibility is a challenge,” Watson said. “But I’ve been there before, and I love it.”
AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this report.
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