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Watson to make 'major announcement' on Ryder Cup

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U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will make a “major announcement” at 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, regarding the selection process for the 2014 matches at Gleneagles. 

In 2008, Paul Azinger devised the current model of eight automatic spots and four captain’s picks. It proved very successful initially, with the Americans triumphing at Valhalla, but Europe has won close matches in 2010 and ’12.

In non-Ryder Cup years, players gained points only on money made in the majors, while during the Ryder Cup year, points were gained on money made in all official PGA Tour events through the PGA Championship, with double points for the majors.

Last week, Watson shed some light on how he would make his captain’s picks.

“The way I look at it, I want somebody on the upswing when they’re going to the Ryder Cup,” he said in a news conference at the Toshiba Classic. “They’re playing well, they’ve got some momentum. Are they on the upswing or downswing? That’s how I assess who I’m going to be playing, putting in there.”

Watson, 63, likely wouldn’t hold a news conference if he wasn’t altering this process.