“I regret that my words may have made the players feel that I didn’t appreciate their commitment and dedication to winning the Ryder Cup,” Watson said in a statement issued Saturday through the PGA of America. “My intentions throughout my term as captain were both to inspire and to be honest.”
Former President George W. Bush spoke before wounded veterans taking part in his Warrior Open on Thursday, saying the tournament could be characterized in different ways: “One, you can call it the ‘Courageous Open,’ or you can call it ‘There’s No Self-Pity Here Open.’”
It will be the first PGA Tour event at the course — formerly known as TPC Avenel — since it hosted the Kemper Open from 1987-2006. The club underwent significant renovation in 2008 and has been hoping to lure a Tour event since then.
He joined Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Price as the only multiple winners of the Jack Nicklaus Award since it began in 1990.
The result in the record book was Europe 16½, United States 11½. It’s an old story for the Americans. Europe won for third straight time, and now has won eight of the last 10.
Justin Rose capped off a remarkable Saturday for himself and his team. His 6-foot putt on the 18th hole at Gleneagles was enough to give Rose and Martin Kaymer a half-point, giving Europe a 10-6 advantage and leaving it on the cusp of another Ryder Cup victory.
After Europe’s advantage stretched to 6-3, the Americans surged back. Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan beat Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson 4 and 3. Rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed took down Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer 5 and 3.
Europe dominated the afternoon foursomes to grab a 5-3 lead after the first day of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Phil Mickelson once had a corporate sponsor that built a marketing campaign around the phrase, “What will Phil do next?”
The Americans haven’t won on European soil since 1993, the last time Watson was the captain. He is adored in Scotland as much as any American golfer, having won the British Open four times on Scottish links. His three Senior British Open titles all were in Scotland.
Even though the teams are evenly matched, the powerful Americans have won only twice in the last 21 years.
Europe’s come-from-behind victory, from 10-5 down at one stage on Saturday evening, has gone down in lore but it was tinged with disappointment for the Northern Irishman.