"I'd like to go back as captain," Watson said. "That would be cool."
But it might not be ideal for America's most famous player — Woods — who has a frosty relationship with Watson, even though both are Stanford alumni. Watson was highly critical in the aftermath of Woods' personal life crisis, saying he needed to show more humility and fewer tantrums.
"I think he needs to clean up his act and show the respect for the game that other people before him have shown," Watson said in early 2010.
The selection could have ramifications in Europe, too. Watson is so highly regarded in Scotland — in all of Europe, for that matter — that Europe might want to counter with a popular captain of its own. Darren Clarke, who won the British Open last year for his first major and is a man of the people, is under consideration with Paul McGinley. Europe is not expected to announce its captain until January at the earliest.
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