Watson calls for end to Ryder Cup wild-card picks

September 24, 2013 GMT

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — United States captain Tom Watson is suggesting wild-card picks be scrapped for future Ryder Cups.

Speaking at a “Year To Go” news conference at Gleneagles ahead of the 2014 tournament at the Scottish course, Watson says “if you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be ... no captain’s picks, 12 players who qualify.”

If that had been the case at Medinah last year, Europe probably wouldn’t have returned home with the trophy. Ian Poulter, who helped Europe rally from 10-5 down, was one of two wild-card selections.

Watson also says he considers Tiger Woods a pivotal figure for the U.S. team next year, despite the top-ranked player celebrating only one Ryder Cup win.