Watson also sent a veiled message to the PGA of America during a video interview from Kansas City, Mo., that was shown on the Ryder Cup website. He said the matches played at Gleneagles would give Europe an advantage because the European Tour has had the Johnnie Walker Championship on the course the last several years.
The Ryder Cup in America tends to go to courses that had major championships that players don’t see often. It was at Oakland Hills in 2004, where players had not been in eight years; at Valhalla in 2008, which previously held a PGA Championship in 2000; and at Medinah in 2012, which last held a major six years earlier.
Europe won in 2010 at Celtic Manor, where Graeme McDowell had won the Wales Open that year. McDowell won the clinching point in the Ryder Cup.
“One thing the Europeans have done _ I would do it, too, if I had the chance _ they play the Ryder Cup matches on courses where they play European tournaments,” Watson said. “The more familiar you are with a golf course, the better you’re going to play. That’s a clear advantage.”
Watson said one reason he nearly won the British Open at age 59 was because no one had seen Turnberry since 1994, and he knew how to play the course in the various windy conditions.