Players react to Watson's selection as Ryder Cup captain via social media

Tom Watson lights Empire State Building
Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America
Tom Watson (center), who Thursday was announced as the captain for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team, flipped the switch that lit the Empire State Building in red, white and blue lights.

Series: Ryder Cup

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 | 2:16 p.m.

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:

Dustin Johnson
‏@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
@Keegan_Bradley: Congrats to Tom Watson on being named USA Ryder cup captain!!! I hope to have the privilege to play for him.

Luke Donald
@LukeDonald: Congrats to Tom Watson - now what day is #TeamUSA rocking the flat cap? #Scotland #RalphLauren

Paul Stankowski
‏@PaulStankowski: Tom Watson was my childhood sports hero. Seems i have a new goal for ' my way onto the 2014 Ryder Cup Team! #timetogetbusy

Zach Johnson
‏@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

Chip Beck
‏@ChipBeck59: Congratulations Tom, I know he brings out the best in everyone. He did in me. 1993 Ryder Cup!

Matteo Manassero
‏@ManasseroMatteo: I'm personally very happy for Tom Watson he is such a great man . #RyderCup

Suzann Pettersen
@suzannpettersen: Congrats to Tom Watson as the next Us Ryder Cup captain. Tuff task on european soil!

Gary Player
‏@garyplayer: Many congratulations to my friend Tom Watson on being selected to lead Team USA in the @RyderCup2014

Bob Estes
‏@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
@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