Wednesday, 03 July 2013
Andy North  (EuropeanTour)
Andy North (EuropeanTour)

United States team captain Tom Watson has named Andy North to serve as one of his vice captains for The 2014 Ryder Cup. North was announced on Wednesday at a news conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, prior to the Greenbrier Classic.

North will serve as a vice captain when the United States and Europe meet in the 40th Ryder Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel, in Perthshire, Scotland, from September 23-28, 2014.

North, 63, won the US Open in 1978 and 1985. He represented the US in the 1985 Ryder Cup, losing all three of his matches at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.

“Andy knows what it takes to close the deal and that's what we need on the Ryder Cup team.  We need players who can close the deal,” Watson said.  “We've been discussing the players already back and forth and the types of young players who might make the team, the types of players that actually I hope make the team. 

“I'm certainly happy to have Andy on my side and in my ear helping me make the decisions that will bring this Cup back home from Europe this time.  It's been way too long.” 

A native of Wisconsin, North played collegiate golf at the University of Florida, and was an All-American in 1970, '71 and '72. He has been inducted into both the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

Since 1993, North has served as a golf analyst for ESPN.

“I was giddy, absolutely giddy over the opportunity to not only hopefully have a role to get the Cup back, but also to be able to help a dear friend,” said North, who has known Watson since 1967.  “I'm looking forward to it.  There’s a lot of excitement to The Ryder Cup, and it means an awful lot to me.  I've been lucky enough to cover it for ESPN, and I get emotional covering it.  It's going to be a great experience, and the bottom line is we get a W at the end of the week.”

Nine members of the US Ryder Cup team will be determined following the 96th PGA Championship, August 7-10, 2014, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Watson will announce three captain's selections to complete the team in September 2014.

The Ryder Cup is one of the most spirited, exciting and compelling events in sport, spanning more than 85 years, involving the greatest players in the world and producing some of the greatest moments in the game.

In September 2014, the US will attempt to win back the Ryder Cup, which Europe has held since 2010. The US last won a Ryder Cup in Europe in 1993, when Watson captained the team to victory at The Belfry.

The qualification system for Europe will begin at the ISPS Handa Wales Open at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, September 5-8, 2013.  Like Watson, McGinley will have three captain's selections.

 

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