U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced Wednesday he would be adding an additional automatic qualifying spot for the 2014 team headed to Gleneagles in Scotland.
Now, nine players will make the team based on points, leaving Watson to select three players to round out his 12-man team.
Watson explained the decision to Matt Adams on Wednesday’s “Fairways of Life.”
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“I felt that the players deserved another opportunity to make the team on their own merit,” said the eight-time major winner.
“I go back to 1985. I had a chance to make the Ryder Cup team then, and playing the PGA for the last points. I remember coming up the last hole at Cherry Hills and needed to make par. I hit a perfect drive, and it rolled all the way down into a divot. I knocked it over the green, made bogey and missed the team by just that one shot. That was so important. I was so disappointed. And to make the team is at the forefront of these players’ minds. I just thought one more spot was the right thing to do.”
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“Fairways of Life” with Matt Adams airs each morning from 7-9 a.m. ET on Back9NetworkRadio.com and SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio.