We look back at Tom Watson and his involvement in the Ryder Cup, both in terms of a player and as a captain

Gallery: Tom Watson’s Involvement With The Ryder Cup

1977: Watson made his Ryder Cup debut in '77, contributing 2 points to the US 12.5-7.5 victory over GB&I.

1977: Tom Watson made his Ryder Cup debut in ’77, contributing 2 points to the US 12.5-7.5 victory over GB&I.

 

1981: An undefeated Watson/Nicklaus partnership was instrumental in the US's '81 victory over Europe at Walton Heath.

1981: An undefeated Watson/Nicklaus partnership was instrumental in the US’s ’81 victory over Europe at Walton Heath.

 

1983: With Jack Nicklaus as captain, Watson played in every match and contributed 4 points to the US team's narrow winning total of 14.5.

1983: With Jack Nicklaus as captain, Watson played in every match and contributed 4 points to the US team’s narrow winning total of 14.5.

 

1989: In Watson's last Ryder Cup appearance as a player, he beat Sam Torrance 3&1 in the Sunday singles, but Europe held on for a 14-14 draw to retain the cup.

1989: In Watson’s last Ryder Cup appearance as a player, he beat Sam Torrance 3&1 in the Sunday singles, but Europe held on for a 14-14 draw to retain the cup.

 

1993: At The Belfry in '93, Watson captained the victorious US side. The US have not won on European soil since.

1993: At The Belfry in ’93, Watson captained the victorious US side. The US have not won on European soil since.

Tom Watson and the Ryder Cup

2014: 21 years on, Watson once again captains Team USA but this time they lose 16 1/2 – 11 1/2 to Europe at Gleneagles, Scotland