Wednesday, July 3

Andy North Named U.S. Ryder Cup Vice Captain

Andy North won the
1978 and 1985 U.S. Opens.
U.S. RYDER CUP CAPTAIN TOM WATSON has chosen two-time U.S. Open champion and former Ryder Cup player Andy North to serve as vice captain for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. The announcement was made at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

"Andy knows what it takes to close the deal and that's what we need on the Ryder Cup Team," Watson said. "We need players who can close the deal. 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."

An ESPN golf analyst since 1993, North, 63, lost all three of his matches in the 1985 Ryder Cup won by Europe at The Belfry.

"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," North said.

"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."

The United States and Europe will play the 40th Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland, on September 23-28, 2014.

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