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Sports log: Watson named US Ryder Cup captain


The PGA of America named Tom Watson the captain of the 2014 US Ryder Cup team on Thursday. The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland. Watson, who will be 65 at the time of the tournament, will be the oldest captain and the first repeat for the United States since Jack Nicklaus in 1987. Watson is also the last American to lead the team to victory on the road. The United States has lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups and has not won in Europe since 1993, when Watson was the captain at The Belfry in England. Watson said he would use one of his captain's picks on Tiger Woods if he failed to secure an automatic berth to the 12-man team . . . Gregory Bourdy of France shot a 6-under-par 66 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa. . . . Daniel Popovic shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum. Greg Norman pulled out after two holes due to food poisoning. Tournament officials said Norman was expected to make a full recovery.

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