Tom Watson, 63, an eight-time major winner, can add "oldest Ryder Cup captain" to his list of accomplishments after he was named to the post Thursday. With the 2014 event taking place in Scotland, Watson will be revered by opponents and fans alike, having won four of his five Open Championships there. But how much impact can a non-playing captain really have? And will Watson's chilly relationship with Tiger Woods be a concern?


The man for the job?

Watson was captain the last time the U.S. won the Ryder Cup on foreign soil, in 1993 at The Belfry.

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How do you feel about Tom Watson being named Ryder Cup captain?

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Winning choice?

The U.S. has lost seven of the past nine Ryder Cups.

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How much more likely is the U.S. to win the Ryder Cup with Tom Watson as captain?

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    36%
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How much impact?

He won't be carrying a club, but Watson "is going to do things his way," analyst Andy North says.

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How important is a non-playing captain on the U.S. Ryder Cup team?

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    52%
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Bad memories?

Watson was critical of Tiger Woods in 2010, saying "he needs to clean up his act."

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Is Tom Watson's chilly relationship with Tiger Woods a concern?

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