Stricker named vice-captain at Ryder Cup

Steve Stricker of the U.S. hits a tee shot on the 7th hole during the third day of practice for the...

Steve Stricker of the U.S. hits a tee shot on the 7th hole during the third day of practice for the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 6, 2014. REUTERS/ John Sommers II

Tim McKay, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:10 PM ET

On Wednesday, Tom Watson announced that Steve Stricker – in the field this week at the PGA Championship – would be his third and final vice-captain for the American Ryder Cup team.

Stricker, who still has an outside shot of making the U.S. squad as a player with a victory at Valhalla, joins Andy North and Raymond Floyd as Watson’s other assistants when the Ryder Cup heads to Gleneagles in Scotland next month.

“It was an honour for him to call me and just to be a part of it,” Stricker said Wednesday, adding that he wants revenge for what the European side did to the U.S. at Medinah when he played in one of his three Ryder Cups. “Just to be there and try to have that opportunity to get the cup back … is a dream come true.”

Watson said his move to name the popular 47-year-old PGA Tour veteran to his braintrust came because he felt the team needed someone who could relate to today’s player, a peer.

 


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