U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson doesn’t mess around, nor does he necessarily make decisions based on the opinions of others. Heading into Tuesday’s press conference at Riviera, the site of this week’s Northern Trust Open, some surmised Watson would name Fred Couples, who has captained the past three winning Presidents Cup teams, as one of his vice captains.
Instead, the 65-year-old leader of the Americans went another direction and named 71-year-old, four-time major champion Raymond Floyd as his second vice-captain. Last summer, Watson announced 64-year-old, two-time major champion Andy North as one of his assistants. (continue reading…)