Tom Watson tries to spy on Ryder Cup course in Scotland

Tom Watson played in the 2013 British Open. (USATSI)
Tom Watson played in the 2013 British Open. (USATSI)

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I'm guessing this will not be the premise of the next James Bond film, but it's pretty great regardless. Tom Watson took a little trek across the Atlantic Ocean -- actually he was alredy over there for the British Open at Muirfield -- to take a look at Gleneadles, site of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Watson said his stay there was quite nice, until he asked for the pin placements for the Johnnie Walker Championship which is a European Tour tournament held at Gleneagles every year. According to the Scotsman, he was turned down.

"I said, 'you wouldn’t mind getting me the pins for the Johnnie Walker Championship for the last five years, would you?' They said, 'yes, we would mind, so you’re not getting them! It was funny'."

A veteran move by the staff at Gleneagles, and good on Watson for trying anyway.

Watson said he also spent some time with Europe's captain, Paul McGinley before the British Open.

"I kidded Paul about his team having an advantage due to the Johnnie Walker Championship being played at Gleneagles for a number of years but he just kind of smiled and said, 'well, it is a home match, you know'. Paul is a fine man and I like his company. I like the way he handles himself. He knows what the Ryder Cup is all about, like I do. I hope that we have a good match – and I hope the outcome is a little different this time."

Two of the sport's best gentlemen engaging in some mind games and we're still over a year away from playing this thing!

I love it.

h/t Chicago Duffer for finding the story

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