Tom Watson appoints North as vice-captain

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES
Last updated 07:41 04/07/2013

Relevant offers

Golf

Mark Reason: Competitive Ko now 'sneaky long' and a threat on every course Michael Hendry leaves Olympic golf run two weeks, too late Danny Lee finds his form too late at Canadian Open Kiwi No 1 Danny Lee 11 shots behind Canadian Open leader after three rounds Miguel Angel Jimenez opens lead in Senior British Open Danny Lee nails eagle on 18th hole to make the cut at Canadian Open Jordan Spieth moves on quickly for last major of the year Kiwi golfers Danny Lee, Tim Wilkinson start badly at Canadian Open James Corrigan: Women golfers lose again in battle of the sexes Waikato golfer Denzel Ieremia qualifies for prestigious US Amateur event

United States captain Tom Watson has appointed twice former US Open champion Andy North as a vice-captain for next year's Ryder Cup against holders Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Watson made the announcement during a news conference ahead of this week's PGA Tour event, the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where he is in the field.

"Andy knows what it takes to close the deal and that's what we need on the Ryder Cup team," said Watson. "We need players who can close the deal.

"We've been discussing the players already back and forth and the types of young players who might make the team, the types of players that actually I hope make the team.

"I'm certainly happy to have Andy on my side and in my ear helping me make the decisions that will bring this Cup back home from Europe this time. It's been way too long."

The Americans will be bidding to end a run of seven losses against Europe in the last nine editions of the biennial competition.

Their most recent defeat came in Chicago last year when the US threw away a commanding four-point lead heading into the final day in what became known as the 'Meltdown at Medinah.'

North, who won his only two major titles at the US Open in in 1978 and 1985, represented his country in the 1985 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in England where he lost all three of his matches.

"I was giddy, absolutely giddy over the opportunity to not only hopefully have a role to get the Cup back, but also to be able to help a dear friend," said the 63-year-old North, who has known Watson since 1967. "I'm looking forward to it.

"There's a lot of excitement to the Ryder Cup, and it means an awful lot to me. I've been lucky enough to cover it for ESPN, and I get emotional covering it.

"It's going to be a great experience, and the bottom line is we get a 'W' at the end of the week."

North, a three-times winner on the PGA Tour, has worked as a golf analyst for ESPN since 1993.

The 40th Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles from Sept 26-28 next year.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content