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Ryder Cup 2014: A tale of two captains

Updated 1151 GMT (1951 HKT) September 12, 2013
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Just how important are captains in the Ryder Cup? Peter Muhlyia/AFP/Getty Images/file
Paul McGinley is still competing on the European Tour, producing a strong performance in the first qualifying event for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Wales Open, where he tied for eighth place this month.
Tom Watson was officially unveiled as the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for 2014 at a ceremony in New York. It will be his second spell in charge, having led the successful 1993 U.S. team. Michael Cole/Getty Images
McGinley, the European captain for 2014, is all smiles as he parades the Ryder Cup ahead of next year's title defense in Scotland. Andrew Reddington/Getty Images
Legends paired: Watson and Jack Nicklaus share some time at the 1981 Ryder Cup at Walton Heath, which saw a crushing victory for a powerful United States team. Tony Duffy/Getty Images
1993 Ryder Cup captains Bernard Gallacher, left, and Watson parade the trophy before the match at The Belfry, which was won by the U.S. team. David Cannon/All Sport/Getty
Watson with Paul Azinger, whose half with Nick Faldo helped the U.S to come from behind on the final day in 1993. Chris Cole/All Sport/Getty
Watson's finest moment as a player is regarded as his victory in the "Duel in the Sun" when he held off Jack Nicklaus at the 1977 British Open at Turnberry. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Watson's putt on the 18th green of the final round to win the 2009 British Open narrowly misses. Then 59, he eventually lost a playoff to Stewart Cink. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
2012 European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, left, discusses tactics with his assistant McGinley during the match at Medinah, where the U.S. collapsed to lose on the final day. David Cannon/Getty Images
McGinley plays a shot to the third green at Gleneagles in last month's Johnnie Walker Championship, the last major tournament to be staged at the Scottish course until the 2014 Ryder Cup. Wayne Little/Getty Images