Golfing World News - February 12

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It maybe seven months away but we start with the Ryder Cup. USA captain Tom Watson has announced one of his predecessors, Ray Floyd, will be his second assistant after previously selecting Andy North.

“What Raymond brings here is experience and respect of the players. When these players look at Raymond, they know he has been there. They know he has been successful. And I don't really need anything else. We need those players to understand that we are there to support them. We have their back.”

It may not be a million miles away but it seems to be written in the stars that Jimmy Walker will make his Ryder Cup debut. Winner three-times on tour this season, the 35-year-old is all but guaranteed a spot at Gleneagles. And his potential future captain talked up and unusual shared interest.

"What do I know about Jimmy (Walker). For starting with, he is 35 years old. He has an interest in astronomy which I do. The first book I ever read was all about astronomy. So if he makes the Ryder Cup team then we have some common things to talk about."

Elsewhere Rory McIlroy has confirmed his participation at this year's Scottish Open. The Northern Irishman hopes to emulate Phil Mickelson, who was victorious last year, a week before he secured Open Championship glory. Mickelson will also be in attendance as he aims to become the first person to successfully defend the title.

That’s all for today, find us on Facebook or Twitter @GolfingWorldtv and use the hashtag GWNews. Bye for now.

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