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Tom Watson announces changes for 2014 Ryder Cup

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03:05 PM ET 03.20 | 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson held a press conference on Wednesday morning announcing changes to the selection format. He had decided to let one additional player play his way into the lineup rather than being a captain's pick. Watson is giving one of his picks back, leaving him with three selections instead of four. The 2014 Ryder Cup will get underway Sept. 26 at the Gleneagles Hotel, in Perthshire, Scotland. This will be Tom's second Ryder Cup, and he will be tasked with building a team that can compete, and hopefully bring the cup back to the U.S. Watson's success in Scotland as both a player, and ambassador to golf had to be a huge factor in his selection. By leaving the selection of the extra player to fate, he will be getting an extra player who is hopefully playing well enough to have played himself into the lineup, instead of being picked by a captain. Paul Azinger was the captain who increased the pick to four at Valhalla in 2006.

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March 21, 2013  09:41 AM ET

You're doing a fine job there Rex.

March 21, 2013  09:51 AM ET

How is it that in 3 weeks we get as many threads as we had all 2012 ??

March 21, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Smart decision by Tom . I hope it pays off for him.

March 21, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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How is it that in 3 weeks we get as many threads as we had all 2012 ??

I had a word with the fine folks while you were away...

March 21, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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How is it that in 3 weeks we get as many threads as we had all 2012 ??

One of the interns must have shot his handicap.

March 21, 2013  11:12 AM ET

When I saw the headline for this article my first thought was "by changes does that mean he's going to try and win?". I don't see it. Euros are in the heads of the Americans after the last RC meltdown.

March 21, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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I had a word with the fine folks while you were away...

Well done ! You get one additional mulligan on the back nine , and a free "toe iron" to use anywhere during your round.

March 21, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Well done ! You get one additional mulligan on the back nine , and a free "toe iron" to use anywhere during your round.

Thanks for the offer but I plays em where I hits em...
That's why I love the game.
It's all on me...

March 21, 2013  11:25 AM ET

Adam Scott

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March 21, 2013  02:51 PM ET
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Thanks for the offer but I plays em where I hits em...That's why I love the game. It's all on me...

Wow ! Good on Ya ! The "toe iron" is the best club in my bag ;-)

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March 21, 2013  03:28 PM ET
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Wow ! Good on Ya ! The "toe iron" is the best club in my bag ;-)

You're not alone.
Some of the guys I play with favour the foot wedge...

March 21, 2013  06:27 PM ET
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You're not alone. Some of the guys I play with favour the foot wedge...

The sideswipe technique delivers much more control versus the toe punt technique.............or so i have heard ;-)

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March 22, 2013  02:15 PM ET
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The sideswipe technique delivers much more control versus the toe punt technique.............or so i have heard ;-)

You might want to try picking up the ball to save yourself a stroke.....or two.

March 22, 2013  02:58 PM ET
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You might want to try picking up the ball to save yourself a stroke.....or two.

Drink more aiming fluid.

 
March 22, 2013  04:19 PM ET
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You might want to try picking up the ball to save yourself a stroke.....or two.

Straight to the 19th hole perhaps...

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