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Tom Watson: Age no barrier for Ryder Cup success
Despite having turned 65-years-old by the time next year's Ryder Cup rolls around at Gleneagles, Tom Watson is confident that his age will have no negative effect on his team's performance or the outcome of the biennial contest.

"The players know I've played in the Ryder Cup," he said.

"And they know that I've captained in the Ryder Cup. I know that they know that and it won't be problem."

Watson's record in the Ryder Cup is more than impressive. He played in four Ryder Cups and never once tasted defeat, and in 1993 he captained the United States to victory at The Belfrey.

"I think some of the criticism of me is unfair, saying that I am old," said Watson. "That's just a fact.

"The other side of the coin is that I have been there before and the players know that I have been there before.

"Nothing has changed. In 1993 I said that I hoped I could bring some levity to it because the pressure is enormous; sometimes it's oppressive. You have to get that to subside in some way.

"Last year was great theatre even though we lost. We hope the theatre will be just as good next year but the outcome might be a little different."

For his opposite number Paul McGinley, the main concern is the loss of form of many of his key players, bar the notable exception of one.

Henrik Stenson's efforts at the tail-end of the season on Tour have been nothing short of stupendous.

The 37-year-old Swede has won both the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Tour Championship and in doing so secure the $10m (£6.3m) bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.

His efforts have virtually guaranteed him a place already in McGinley's side.

"Our points list is heavily weighted in favour of the world points list and Henrik has won twice in the FedEx Cup play-offs," said McGinley.

"He is 85% there already and we are only in October."

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