USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson loses pick

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United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has announced that he will only have three wild-card picks for the 2014 tournament.

Instead of the usual four that the American captain has at his disposal, nine instead of eight players will be chosen from the points system used to judge players performances.

Speaking to the Team USA Ryder Cup official website he said: "Giving our players one more opportunity to earn a sport on merit, I believe, is the right thing to do.

"I will use all possible resources in choosing these three Captain's choices to complete the best possible team in order to win the Cup back for the United States."

Watson will be captaining United States for the second time after leading them to victory in 1993 at The Belfry. He has also played in the tournament five times.

After losing the previous Ryder Cup due to a dramatic last-day fightback from Europe, Watson has talked about the importance of his assistance but admits its ultimately up to the players.

"They play an integral part of the proccess, but the bottom line for the players themselves is that they are the catalysts," he told USA Today.

The 40th Ryder Cup will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland and will be contested from September 26-28.  After losing five out of the last six matches, USA will be looking for revenge.

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