The news that Tom Watson had been named captain of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team was huge, especially on social media -- in fact, during Watson's press conference, #TomWatson and #RyderCup ranked second and third among Twitter's worldwide trending topics.
As to be expected, prominent players from around the globe were eager to express their opinions via Twitter. Here is a sampling of their reaction:
@DJohnsonPGA: It's Official - Tom Watson is the 2014 Ryder Cup Capt! How cool would it be to play in golf's birthplace for a guy that's a legend there!?
@Keegan_Bradley: Congrats to Tom Watson on being named USA Ryder cup captain!!! I hope to have the privilege to play for him.
@LukeDonald: Congrats to Tom Watson - now what day is #TeamUSA rocking the flat cap? #Scotland #RalphLauren
@PaulStankowski: Tom Watson was my childhood sports hero. Seems i have a new goal for '13-14...play my way onto the 2014 Ryder Cup Team! #timetogetbusy
@ZachJohnsonPGA: Congrats to Tom Watson on being our next Ryder Cup Capt in 2014! What an honor it would be to play for him IN Scotland! #goUSA
@ChipBeck59: Congratulations Tom, I know he brings out the best in everyone. He did in me. 1993 Ryder Cup!
@ManasseroMatteo: I'm personally very happy for Tom Watson he is such a great man . #RyderCup
@suzannpettersen: Congrats to Tom Watson as the next Us Ryder Cup captain. Tuff task on european soil!
@garyplayer: Many congratulations to my friend Tom Watson on being selected to lead Team USA in the @RyderCup2014
@BobEstesPGA: Congratulations to Tom Watson! He probably is the right man for the job in 2014 with the matches being played in Scotland. #rydercupcaptain
@Steve_Flesch: In the end, the players have to do their jobs and play great. The Captain can only do so much. Europe has simply outplayed the US last 7/9