Raymond Floyd is the man for Tom Watson at Gleneagles
US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has named Raymond Floyd as his second vice-captain for Gleneagles, it was announced yesterday.
Floyd, 71, is a four-time major winner and joins Andy North on the leadership staff for the 40th edition of the competition in Scotland from September 26-28.
"What Raymond brings is experience and respect of the players," Watson said in a statement. "When these players look at Raymond, they know he's been there, they know he's been successful.
"You look at Raymond's eyes, you never saw his eyes waver... His eyes had a focus you like to see and the way he played the game, every shot counted, and that's the type of guy I wanted taking care of my back.”
Floyd has been involved in eight Ryder Cups and captained the side in 1989 which shared the trophy with Europe following a 14-14 draw. He also served as Paul Azinger’s assistant during the 2008 tournament that was won by the US.
Floyd is quoted as saying by Reuters: "I'm flattered obviously and it's going to be a thrill for me to be back."
He added: "Our responsibilities are to see that (the players) are comfortable (and) if there are any questions they have to be comfortable coming to us."
Watson insists he is determined to bring success back to the US after Europe’s rousing comeback at Medinah last year in which they came back from the brink to turn the game on its head and claim victory.
Watson said: "The main motivation is the fact we lost the last one. We had a big lead and we lost it. If that's not enough motivation for the players of the 2014 Ryder Cup team, we're spinning our wheels.
"What a crushing defeat. What a pit that left in my stomach for several days afterwards."