Tom Watson posts top 30 finish in Australia, then says he wants to return as Ryder Cup captain
3:15 PM, Dec 9, 2012
SYDNEY - Tom Watson ended the Australian Open in style, and then created some buzz in his interview session after the final round.
Watson fired a 3-under-69 to tie for an impressive 28th place at The Lakes in Sydney. The 63-year-old was the oldest golfer in the field. Watson teed off in the second group on Sunday, avoiding gale winds that delayed play later in the day. He finished the tourney at 5-over 293.
The KC golf legend ended up shooting 6-over-78 in rounds one and three. But made the cut by shooting a 4-under-68 on Friday before finishing strong on Sunday. Peter Senior at age 53 became the oldest Australian Open winner with a total of 4-under-284.
Watson told reporters after the final round he'd consider serving as captain for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. The event that year will take place in Gleneagles in Scotland. Watson knows that part of the world well, having won five British Opens and three senior British Open titles.
The 63-year-old Watson said Sunday that he has not been approached to captain the U.S. team, but that it would be a privilege to take over from Davis Love III. The U.S. beat Europe at the Belfry in England in the Ryder Cup in 1993 when Watson served as captain.
"It would be a great honor if I got tapped on the shoulder…'93 was the last time I've been to a Ryder Cup," Watson said. "I'd like to go back as captain. That would be cool."
Watson played on Ryder Cup teams in 1977, 1981, 1983 and 1989. Europe pulled off a huge rally to beat the U.S. at this year's Ryder Cup at Medinah.
The Kansas City golf legend also has recently taken stances on two issues related to the game. He told USA Today that golf should not be a part of the Olympics. Watson also has publicly stated he agrees with the USGA and RNA that the long putter should be banned from golf.