Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be captains, at least not Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup captains. Oh, it’s not a bad gig if your team wins, but have mercy on him who captains a losing squad.
Just ask U.S. captain Tom Watson, who’s been trashed by his players — most notably, Phil Mickelson — since the 2014 Ryder Cup ended last month. But Watson is not alone. According to a story posted yesterday, he’s just another in a long line of captains (e.g., Floyd shown below at this year’s Ryder Cup, Pavin, Strange, Sutton) whose historic careers as hall-of-fame players took a hit — albeit a more hushed hit than Watson’s — as a result of being captain.
Before Watson’s trashing, the captain who took the most heat was David Graham, who captained the International team to a 20-12 loss to the U.S. in the 1994 Presidents Cup. BTW, he was elected the World Golf Hall of Fame this week, which proves that these post-cup catastrophes are forgiven but not entirely forgotten.