Watson selects Raymond Floyd as vice captain

By john.kim

Raymond Floyd

Courtesy: The PGA of America

Raymond Floyd is a Ryder Cup veteran who has served as both a captain and vice captain before.


John Kim, Coordinating Producer

Series: Ryder Cup

Team USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced on Tuesday that Raymond Floyd will serve as a vice-captain for his team at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland, this September. Floyd will join Andy North, whom Watson named as a vice captain for the team last July.

Floyd comes with a strong Ryder Cup background, serving as captain himself in 1989 and having been a playing member of eight different Ryder Cup teams. Floyd also served as a vice captain to Paul Azinger on the victorious U.S. squad at the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

Watson has stated that he wanted someone that knows the players, can relate to the pressure of the Ryder Cup and can help “set the stage” for the team to perform at its best when it counts the most. Floyd certainly fits the criteria.

Floyd has 22 victories on the PGA Tour, including four major championships, 14 victories on the Champions Tour and has the distinction of being the oldest player (at 51) to ever play in a Ryder Cup. Watson, Floyd and North will attempt to win back the Ryder Cup from the European team, which has won (or retained) 10 of the last 14 Ryder Cups.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/ryder-cup/floyd-picked-vice-captain-ryder-cup

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