Ryder Cup 2014: Captain’s Mark ‘Year To Go’ On Steam Locomotive

The 2014 Ryder Cup captains have marked a ‘year to go’ until the event by travelling on a 1927 steam locomotive to Gleneagles.

Tom Watson, Paul McGinley and a host of celebrities boarded the famous transport in Edinburgh and rode it all the way to the venue for next year’s event.

Ireland’s McGinley said every player was relishing the prospect of starting the event, which has become an iconic clash on the golfing calendar.

Gleneagles will hold the match between Europe and the United States from 23 – 28 September next year. McGinley is captain for Europe, and he said of the upcoming battle: "The Ryder Cup is an iconic event in the world's sporting calendar and what better way to kick it off than to arrive into Gleneagles station on an iconic steam train built in 1927, the year of the first Ryder Cup itself?"

The team captains joined Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond to unveil a commemorative flagstone marking improvement works at Gleneagles station before taking to the course with junior golfers.

American Watson said: "I am very grateful for the opportunity to be captain in Scotland, a place that has been very special to me during my career.

"It's hard to believe that it was nearly 20 years ago that I enjoyed one of the most thrilling experiences in my career in being captain in 1993. We anticipate a tremendous match and September 2014 can't get here soon enough."