You want a captain who calls all the shots? That didn't work out very well for Hal Sutton, who was saddled with a team in poor form.
No matter who is captain, the players still decide who gets the gold trophy.
"The most important thing is for me as a captain is to get lucky," Watson said. "I just hope I get lucky and that happens, that the players that are coming there are all playing well, and that we're playing as a team, it will put us in a good chance of winning the tournament."
Most fascinating is the man indirectly responsible for Watson being considered — the late Jim Huber, a respected, cheerful television commentator and essayist with a passion for golf and a good story. Huber, who died in January of leukemia, wrote a book called, "Four Days in July," about Watson coming within an 8-foot putt of winning the 2009 British Open at Turnberry when he was 59.
Huber's last golf assignment was the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. He gave PGA of America officers a copy of his book before he left. Ted Bishop, appointed last month as PGA president, knew he was going to be in charge of picking next the captain. He read the book on the flight from Bermuda, and he called Huber with a question when he got home.
"What would you think of Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captain in Scotland in 2014?"
For all the fuss over Nelson and Toms not getting a call about the selection of a captain, turns out they were never under serious consideration. The PGA of America was looking for the right man for the right time. And once it stepped outside its box, the choice was obvious.