Andy North Named Vice-Captain of 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team


U.S. Team captain Tom Watson has named Andy North to serve as a vice-captain for the 2014 American Ryder Cup Team. North was announced at a news conference in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., prior to the Greenbrier Classic.

North will serve as a vice-captain when the United States and Europe meet in the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, in Perthshire, Scotland, September 23-28.

North, 63, won the U.S. Open in 1978 and 1985. He represented the U.S. in the '85 Ryder Cup, losing all three of his matches at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.

A native of Wisconsin, North played collegiate golf at the University of Florida, and was an All-American in 1970, '71 and '72. He has been inducted into both the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. Since 1993, he has served as a golf analyst for ESPN.

Nine members of the 40th U.S. Ryder Cup Team will be determined following the 96th PGA Championship, August 7-10, 2014, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. Watson will announce three captain's selections to complete the team in September 2014.

In 2014, the U.S. will attempt to win back the Ryder Cup, which Europe has held since 2010. The U.S. last won a Ryder Cup in Europe in 1993, when Watson captained the Team to victory at The Belfry.

Paul McGinley of Ireland is the 2014 European Ryder Cup Team captain. The qualification system for Europe will begin at the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, September 5-8, 2013. Like Watson, McGinley will have three captain's selections.

The above report is courtesy of the PGA of America. For more information, visit www.pga.com.


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