U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson suffers finger injury

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson
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Tom Watson is on the mend after injuring his pinkie finger.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 9:45 a.m.

U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson made news on SiriusXM's PGA Tour Radio Network show "Fairways of Life with Matt Adams" on Tuesday morning.

The eight-time major champion explained to Adams that he's currently unable to hit golf balls as the result of a mishap that caused him to jam, or dislocate his pinkie finger.


"I had a little accident yesterday," Watson told Adams."We were walking and I dislocated my little pinkie finger. I'm going up now to see the doc and get it X-rayed. I popped it back into place, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. It's a little stiff right now. It'll probably prevent me from hitting balls for a week or two, but other than that everything is good."

Nothing serious, it seems, but we'll keep a watchful eye.

Watson also talked to Adams about following PGA Tour events closer these days as the Ryder Cup gets closer and closer.

"It's been very interesting being a part of this process," Watson said. "You look at Scott Stallings winning on Sunday and he jumped from way, way back to 11th or 12th on the Ryder Cup points list just with that one victory. That's what's going to happen early on in the season. But the usual suspects are there. You've got the Johnson boys -- Zach and Dustin -- Dufner and Phil Mickelson are right up there. Jimmy Walker has one twice -- once at the end of last year and once this year. He's right at the top of the list right now. It's starting to gell out. The process from my standpoint, is to watch these players as they play, see how they deal with the pressure. That's the most important thing to me -- how these players deal with the pressure."

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.