Bernard Gallacher: 'Tom Watson appointment a masterstroke'

Gallacher: 'Picking Watson a masterstroke'
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Bernard Gallacher claims that it was a "masterstroke" to make Tom Watson captain of the USA for this year's Ryder Cup.

Bernard Gallacher has claimed that the appointment of Tom Watson as USA's Ryder Cup captain was a "masterstroke" ahead of the event in Gleneagles later this month.

Europe are favourites to record a third successive victory in Scotland, but Gallacher believes that Watson will have the players and supporters on his side as they look to upset the odds.

"I thought it was absolutely a masterstroke," the Scot, who captained Europe on three occasions, told BBC Sport. "If anybody can keep the interest going on the American side, [it's Watson].

"It's not just about the players, because the players obviously want to play in the Ryder Cup, but you're really thinking about the American public - keeping them."

Watson captained the USA to victory at The Belfry in 1993, when Gallacher was skipper for Europe.

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland with the trophy after the final round where he became the first back to back winner of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 2, 2014
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