It'll be interesting to see the identity of the "four or five players" who've agreed to accompany Watson to Gleneagles next week from the "20 or so" who were asked. "Most of them can't make it, they're playing the Scottish Open or the John Deere Classic", Tom explained as reported in today's paper. Just so you know, Gleneagles to Aberdeen is about 2 hours by road, and the hotel has a heliport. At this time of year in the lower Highlands, you get about 18 hours of daylight. I wonder how many of those playing Aberdeen would have been able to find a few hours in return for a lucrative sponsored gig?
British media having a mild chuckle this morning that only a "palty number of his prospective team accepted his invitation" (Keegan and Jim). Watson said originally that he'd asked "up to 20 players" when he announced that he was leading a scouting party into Gleneagles, and that "four or five" had accepted..... urm two turned up!
Makes this sound a bit empty in context as he also gave his press conference yesterday
"the way America came back against Belgium showed true grit. That's exactly what I'm looking for on this Ryder Cup team - never give up"
Well I have to say credit to Jim Furyk, he was one I would have thought, thought himself to be above this kind of thing. Without saying who, the report notes that three players (presumably Mickelson being amongst them) played at Aberdeen (about 2 hours from Gleneagles) and that another half dozen remain unaccounted for. Six played in the John Deere (legitimate excuse) whereas Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, and Jason Dufner have all been seen at Hoylake instead