‘‘It may give them a sense: ‘This guy has been there before and he’s been successful before and we’re going to be a success because he’s there leading us,'’’ Watson said.
He expects he'll help out in the most mundane of areas, such as advice on how to adjust to the time change. At the 1981 Ryder Cup at Walton Heath, Watson recalled, he cautioned Tom Kite not to tweak his swing just because he felt lousy the first few days there. Kite was glad he listened.
Watson dismissed talk that the Europeans were more motivated than the Americans in recent years. What he heard from Davis Love III, the captain at Medinah, was a team devastated by defeat.
‘‘This responsibility is a challenge,’’ Watson said. ‘‘But I've been there before, and I welcome it.’’
AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this report.