By PGA of America
(The following edited content was supplied by the PGA in a news release.)
|Raymond Floyd captained
the 1989 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
CAPTAIN TOM WATSON HAS NAMED Raymond Floyd to serve as a vice captain for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Floyd was announced at a news conference in Pacific Palisades, Calif., prior to the Northern Trust Open. Floyd will serve alongside Andy North, who was appointed a vice captain last July. The United States and Europe meet in the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, in Perthshire, Scotland, Sept. 26-28.
A four-time major champion, Floyd was captain of the 1989 U.S. Ryder Cup team and competed on eight U.S. teams. In 1993, Watson chose Floyd with one of his captain’s selections, thus making Floyd the oldest Ryder Cup competitor at age 51. Floyd went on to post a 3-1-0 record that year as the U.S. defeated Europe, 15-13, at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.
“Raymond Floyd has had a tremendous amount of Ryder Cup experience and has been successful as a Ryder Cup player,” said Watson. “I played for him in 1989 and in 1993 he performed admirably.”
“I’m flattered and it’s going to be a thrill to have his back. I think it will be a lot of fun,” said Floyd, who also served as a vice captain for the victorious U.S. team in 2008.
A native of Fort Bragg, N.C., who now lives in Palm Beach, Fla., Floyd turned professional in 1961 and went on to earn 22 PGA Tour victories. He captured the 1969 and ’82 PGA Championship, the 1976 Masters and the 1986 U.S. Open.