Tom Watson Adds Raymond Floyd as Ryder Cup Vice Captain

With a mere 226 days remaining until the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sept. 23-28, U.S. captain Tom Watson named another vice-captain Tuesday during a press conference at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open: four-time major winner Raymond Floyd.

During his 49-year pro career, Floyd captured 22 titles on the PGA Tour and 14 on the Senior Tour. He collected four majors – the 1969 PGA Championship, 1976 Masters, 1982 PGA Championship, and 1986 U.S. Open.

In addition, Floyd was named to eight U.S. Ryder Cup teams: 1969, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, and 1993. He captained the squad in 1989, the same year he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and was an assistant captain in 2008. Floyd joins Andy North as assistant captains for 2014; North was named by Watson in July.

“What Raymond brings here is his experience and the respect of the players,” Watson said. “When these players look at Raymond, they know he’s been there, they know he’s been successful, and they know he wants to win. I don’t really need anything else.”

“It’s going to be a thrill for me to have his back,” Floyd said of Watson. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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