24 Sep '14, 11pm

History says Ryder Cup captains' picks will make impact

The last time Tom Watson led a Ryder Cup team, his two captain’s picks, Ray Floyd and Lanny Wadkins, combined for 5 1/2 points as the U.S. beat Europe, 15-13, at The Belfry. By comparison, Europe’s three picks that year -- Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Joakim Haeghman -- contributed just 3 points. It was 1993 and it was the last time the Americans won a road game in the biennial competition. Fast forward two decades and much has been made about Watson’s picks this time, specifically the timing of the deadline and whether it should be later in order to allow Watson to pick the hottest players. Not that any of it bothers Watson or those picked or not picked, including Billy Horschel, who exchanged a few texts with Watson after winning the BMW Championship, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup. “I texted him and said, ‘Horschel, damn you, you're a day l...

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