Golf: Watson trims Ryder captain's picks from four to three

US 2014 Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson said Wednesday that he would reduce the number of captain's picks from four to three, allowing one more golfer to play his way onto the American side.

"Giving our players one more opportunity to earn a spot on merit, I believe, is the right thing to do," Watson said. "I will use all possible resources in choosing these three captain's choices to complete the best possible team in order to win the Cup back for the United States."

The US side will attempt to win back the trophy next year at Gleneagles in Scotland in the biennial golf matches against Europe.

The Europeans have won five of the past six Ryder Cups, including last year at Medinah when the side captained by Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal rallied from a 10-6 deficit entering the singles to win by a point.