In 1993 Tom chose Floyd and Wadkins
If i recall correctly Floyd was the oldest American player in the cups history, so Tom showed a willingness to break convention with that one. Both players would also be considered combative matchplay sluggers, albeit Wadkins might be more of what we call a gobshite. This was the immediate post Kiawah match too, so if he was under any pressure to select diplomats in the wake of America's behaviour, he didn't kowtow to it, and picked a couple of prickly sorts. It tells me he regarded winning rather than PR as his first priority. It indicates to me perhaps that Tom puts faith in experience, and fighters, rather than technical boxers too.
The thing I think that clouds the issue slightly is that having recently finished playing (you know what I mean) there was a chance that Tom was picking form his own generation, and when he wanted someone to do the hard yards and come back with the bacon, he went to people who he'd grown up competing against, and who he trusted to stand toe to toe and trade
I should perhaps say that his selection of Floyd and Wadkins is often creditted as being one the most inspired in the Cups recent history. Both players paid him back handsomely and I do recall a body of opinion that concluded it was this decision that won America the cup. Now of course he doesn't have anyone with winning experience in Europe to draw on, but having got it right back in 1993, you have to suspect he'll be looking towards players who he thinks 'want it' and I mean really want it, and those who are prepared to stand in the trench and fight, and not run away the first time the heat comes on
The decision to pick Floyd in particular you have interpret as Tom putting greater stock in strength of character. I'm struggling to believe that Ray can have been eleventh on the money list, so Tom must have identified a certain type of person he wanted, and concluded that Floyd had those attributes. Interestingly though, he was prepared to make the tough call and put someone in at an age when conventional wisdom would say don't do it (was there a media clamour for Raymond Floyd?).
If this is evidence of Tom being his own person, and rewarding mental strength and combative instinct, who do we think it would bode well for?