Thursday September 4th, 2014

Earlier this week, Ryder cup captain Tom Watson, who celebrates his 65th birthday today, announced his picks for this year's Ryder Cup, which will take place the last weekend of September in Scotland, a nation which was also the site of one of Watson's most famous victories, the 1977 British Open "Duel in the Sun.

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After shooting identical scores the first three days of the tournament, Watson was paired with rival Jack Nicklaus, whom he had narrowly defeated earlier in the year to win the Masters, in uncommonly bright conditions for the often dark and damp Open Championship.

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The two remained neck and neck throughout their final round with Watson taking a one-stroke lead on the 17th and holding on with a birdie at 18 after Nicklaus made a miraculous 32 footer to score a birdie of his own.

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Watson hopes to recapture some of that magic when he returns to Scotland with Team USA looking for its first Ryder Cup win on foreign soil since 1993 when the team was captained by, who else, Tom Watson.

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