Watson role a concern for Clarke

22 December 2012 04:03:42 EST

Darren Clarke has admitted that the naming of Tom Watson as US Ryder Cup captain for the 2014 match at Gleneagles has caused a headache for Europe.

Tom Watson will lead the USA at Gleneagles in 2014.

The 63-year-old, an eight-time Major champion, has been charged with trying to help the USA win back the trophy, having previously captained his country at The Belfry back in 1993 - when the visitors triumphed by a 15-13 scoreline.

That, Clarke believes, may cause a rethink among the hierarchy of European golf, as he told reporters: "I think it could well affect who is appointed. A lot of people, myself included, were surprised when Tom Watson was appointed.

"It's a big statement and brilliant for the event. There are few more iconic figures in golf, he’s adored in Scotland and it sends out a statement that they are very serious about winning the trophy back.

"Maybe we have to have a look and consider other people as well. Whoever it is standing on that stage opposite Tom Watson needs a huge presence.

"We seriously need the right man for the job. We do have an (unwritten) rule where we don't ask anybody to do it again, but we might have to look at that."

Clarke and Paul McGinley had been considered as the favourites to lead Europe, with the hosts 1/9 to win the Ryder Cup match at Gleneagles in 2014, with a tie 12/1, while the USA are 10/1 to be victorious and regain the trophy.

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