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Love III eyes playing for Watson

Updated: December 13, 2012, 6:13 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

ORLANDO -- When Davis Love III played in his first Ryder Cup, his captain was Tom Watson. Now as a former U.S. captain himself, Love hopes to come full circle and play for Watson again in 2014.

Love, who was on the losing end in September at Medinah, on Thursday welcomed the news that Watson will return as captain -- 21 years after the last American victory on foreign soil.

"I'm excited for him," said Love, 48, who is playing with his son, Dru, in this weekend's Father/Son Challenge. "I think obviously in Scotland, a guy that has so much passion for the game and so much respect over there is great.

"For Keegan Bradley or Brandt Snedeker or those guys that didn't get to play with Tom a lot, don't really know him that well, it's going to be exciting. For guys like [Phil] Mickelson, he's been around Tom a lot and has a lot of respect for the guy and will enjoy it. So I think it's good on both ends. I think Tom adds a lot of passion and a lot of ideas. I've liked the direction. He's already told me what he's thinking."

Love suggested that PGA of America president Ted Bishop has had Watson on his radar and Bishop admitted during the introductory news conference in New York that he had first contacted Watson about the idea more than a year ago.

In recent weeks, Love became aware of the PGA's decision and has been in touch with Watson, who noted their conversations.

"I've known about Tom for a little while," Love said. "The more I think about it the more excited I get. It makes me want to make the team now. I hope some guys felt like that when I was captain.

"But it makes me want to make the team because I had so much fun with him in '93. I would love to do it again."

The Americans rallied on the final day to win the 1993 Ryder Cup, 15-13, with Love winning his singles match against Costantino Rocca.

"[Watson] made it grander than going to do a golf tournament," Love said. "It was a lifetime experience, and he expressed that and he carried that through the whole week. I will always remember. It was my first, so everything was bigger and brighter and shinier. But it still was a big deal.

"There was a legend in the game that you got play for. His decisiveness and his confidence I think always showed through for us. I think that in Scotland or overseas it's [going to] be very, very important."

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Golf Writer, ESPN.com