The veteran has been named as the new United States captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.
Veteran Tom Watson has been named as the new United States captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.
The 63-year-old - who has won eight golf majors - will become the oldest Ryder Cup captain in the history of the event.
"We've got the right guy to lead our team," PGA of America president Ted Bishop said on Thursday.
Watson, who is still playing regularly, has previously acted as USA captain in the event and led them to their 1993 success at The Belfry in England.
That was the only time that Team USA team won a Ryder Cup in Europe and they have struggled ever since, winning just twice in nine attempts.
Watson will be hoping his success in Scotland rubs off onto his team for the 2014 event, which will be staged at Gleneagles.
He won four of his five British Open titles in the country and was also a terrific performer in the Ryder Cup as a player.
Turning around the USA's fortunes will not be easy though, particularly after they suffered a demoralising loss in the 2012 edition at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
The USA held what looked to be a tournament-winning 10-6 lead heading into the final day but were stunned as Team Europe clinched a 14.5 to 13.5 victory.
The previous oldest Ryder Cup captain was Sam Snead, who was 57 when he led the USA in 1969.
"I was waiting 20 years to get the call again," Watson said on NBC.
"It's a great honour to do it again and this time it is going to be 14-and-a-half points.
"I loved it the first time. I've been a great fan of the Ryder Cup - I get the same gut feeling just watching it at home on TV."