Tom Watson said he will announce at least one assistant captain for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at The Greenbrier.
“It’s somebody that I think will add another dimension to my ability to do what I need to do to make it work,” he said Tuesday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” “Somebody who has the ability to understand who the players are, what they’ve been doing, and has a great rapport with the players.”
Watson said he spent about three or four hours on the 17th tee at Merion during Tuesday of U.S. Open week, scouting players, studying their mannerisms, examining everything from their swings to their caddies to their grip.
One player who has caught Watson’s eye this season, he said, is Billy Horschel, who has seven top-10s this season, including his first career victory at the Zurich Classic.
“Young blood is always good to get on the Ryder Cup team,” Watson, 63, said.
The eight-time major winner added that he wants players on his team who can make a 5-footer when they have to; who can play in cold, windy, rainy conditions; and who can play with a lead.
“You want studs out there,” he said, “and I’m looking for studs.”
In the next month, in between the British Open at Muirfield and the Senior British at Royal Birkdale, Watson and a few PGA leaders will head to Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles for the first time.