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Watson cuts Ryder Cup Captain picks to 3

United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has said he will cut his number of wildcard picks from four to three for the 2014 biennial contest due to be held at Gleneagles, Scotland.

With an intention to allow a great sense of meritocracy amongst his side, the legendary player will include the top nine players from America, in a bid to reclaim the title that has been kept by Europe since 2010.

"There's not a lot of method in my madness, if you will," said Watson, 63, who will be the oldest U.S. Ryder Cup captain in history. "I truly think the players themselves ought to have another shot at getting on the team because of ... their play."

Watson does have precedence when it comes to leading a winning side in Europe, he was captain of the last U.S. side to win across the Atlantic, earning victory in 1993 at the Belfry.

The veteran said that he had also consulted various captains of Ryder Cups past, including the most recent one from the Medinah event, Paul Azinger.

"I ran it by three or four recent captains, we had long conversations about it and all of them said it was a good decision," said the five-time Open champion.

"I talked with Paul and he was behind it 100%. He had some good thoughts about how he comprised the team and what he did with the team to get them some ownership in the process."

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