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American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has said he is only thinking about winning and believes his players will have a point to prove when they arrive at Gleneagles next year.
Both Watson and Europe captain Paul McGinley are in Scotland to mark the one year to go celebrations ahead of the Ryder Cup, which gets underway next September.
Watson has been brought in to try and stop the run of European wins, which includes last year’s ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in Chicago. That win hurt America as they were 10-6 up going into the singles and Watson is eyeing revenge to help restore some pride.
“There’s only one thought – to win,” Watson told Sky Sports News.
“It’s a great event, the world watches this event and the Americans have not done very well. It’s on a much larger is scale since the last time I did it.
“There’s no pretence that it’ll be a partisan event, that’s how it should be. I’ve played on teams and been captain and I know it’s a partisan event. It’s great playing for your country.
“That’s the unique thing about the Ryder Cup, we play for ourselves all year but playing for your country is completely different.
“I think they’re getting pretty sick and tired of it, the American players – they have to go out and prove that they can get it.”
Europe are seeking a hat-trick of successes in the prestigious competition while they will be looking to extend their excellent recent run, having lost just two of the last nine events.