USA captain Tom Watson: 'Rookies will benefit from Ryder Cup fourballs'

Team USA captain Tom Watson poses with the Ryder Cup ahead of the contest against Europe at Gleneagles on September 23, 2014
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USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson believes that tomorrow's fourballs at Gleneagles will give his three rookies a chance to "get their feet wet".

USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson believes that tomorrow's fourballs presents the perfect opportunity for the rookies to "get their feet wet" at Gleneagles.

The 65-year-old named all three rookies - including Jimmy Walker, Jordan Speith and Patrick Reed - in tomorrow's pairings in Scotland.

"The fourballs are a good place for our three rookies to get their feet wet," Watson told Sky Sports News. "They play every ball. You can't play all 12 guys, you have to sit four of them, and you can probably bet that Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk will be playing in the afternoon.

"I have told my team, especially the rookies, that they cheer just as loud here as in United States. You have to expect them to cheer when you miss putts, it is all part of the contest, all part of going to the ball game.

"The mood is loose and committed. The players have a certain swagger to them. They are thinking about 2012 and are going to make amends. I hope they do."

Europe clinched the trophy on USA's home turf at Medinah two years ago.

Who will win the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles?

Europe
Draw (Europe retains)
USA
Europe
68.0%
Draw (Europe retains)
8.0%
USA
24.0%
A general view of the Ryder Cup trophy on a branded plinth during a VIP dinner at Gleneagles on September 23, 2013
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