Wat­son to be cap­tain, Golf Di­gest re­ports

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The PGA of Amer­ica is bring­ing a mys­tery guest to the “To­day” show — its next Ry­der Cup cap­tain. Golf Di­gest re­ported on its web­site Tues­day night that it would be Tom Wat­son.

An or­ga­ni­za­tion that is not shy about giv­ing rock­star treat­ment to the Ry­der Cup, the PGA of Amer­ica said it would re­veal the next U.S. cap­tain dur­ing a seg­ment Thurs­day of NBC’s morn­ing show, fol­lowed by a news con­fer­ence in the Em­pire State Build­ing. NBC is the long­time broad­cast part­ner of the Ry­der Cup.

Golf Di­gest cited sources it did not iden­tify in re­port­ing the PGA of Amer­ica planned to pick Wat­son.

“We look for­ward to shar­ing the news of the 2014 Ry­der Cup cap­tain on Thurs­day,” PGA spokesman Julius Ma­son said when asked for com- ment.

Wat­son would be 65 when the 2014 Ry­der Cup is played at Gle­nea­gles, Scot­land, mak­ing him the old­est U.S. cap­tain in his­tory. He also would be the first Amer­i­can to re­peat as cap­tain since Jack Nick­laus in 1987 when the matches were played on his home course of Muir­field Vil­lage.

Wat­son, how­ever, is revered in Scot­land, where he cap­tured four of his five Bri­tish Open ti­tles. He also was the cap­tain in 1993, the last time the Amer­i­cans won the Ry­der Cup away from home.

Wat­son said over the week­end at the Aus­tralian Open that it would be a “great honor if I got tapped on the shoul­der.”

Wat­son, who came within an 8-foot putt of win­ning the Bri­tish Open at Turn­berry in 2009 when he was 59, said in Syd­ney he had not spo­ken to PGA of Amer­ica of­fi­cials.

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