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A Ryder Cup With No Captain's Picks?
By mustang6560 on 9/25/13


If Tom Watson had his way, there would be no captain's picks in the Ryder Cup.

The 1993 Ryder Cup captin said as much yesterday in his Year to Go Celebration press conference at Gleneagles.
"If you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be no picks, no captain's picks, 12 players who qualify," Watson said. "That's the way I qualified ... you had 12 players and no picks. Maybe that's the way it should go back to."
Tom could return the Ryder Cup to its "purist" form in 2014 by selecting players 10, 11, and 12 in the standings, essentially eliminating his three captain's picks.

It's a novel idea, however, I doubt the eight-time major champion would do such a thing. Captain's picks have been a part of the Ryder Cup since 1989. And for the last few events, the U.S. captain has had four picks. Tom will only get three captain's picks as he successfully petitioned the Ryder Cup to reduce the wild cards for next year.


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