Ryder Cup captains scouting Presidents Cup
Neither U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson nor European Captain Paul McGinley are at the Presidents Cup this week, but both are interested observers nonetheless.
"I have [assistant captain] Andy North there all week," Watson told the British news service PA Sport. "He has been around these players a lot more than I have and he will be my eyes and ears. I don't think it's my place to be there. I will be watching with great interest to see who is playing with whom.
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"Right now," Watson added, "I don't have any teams that I've already made up in my mind about who is going to play with whom (at Gleneagles)."
McGinley, meanwhile, is at the Seve Trophy – an intraquad match of sorts on the European Tour, which pits a team from Great Britain and Ireland led by Sam Torrance against a squad from Continental Europe led by Jose Maria Olazabal in a Ryder Cup-style event. But he plans on catching the Presidents Cup on TV after the Seve Trophy wraps up each day.
"A big mark in the sand for me is the Presidents Cup," McGinley said. "It has served the Americans particularly well in terms of forming partnerships. … It will be interesting to see what is done with Jordan Spieth, what he will do with Tiger (Woods)."