Tom Watson changes criteria to eliminate 1 of his Ryder Cup captain's pick for 2014 event

Tom Watson is giving back one of his captain's picks for the Ryder Cup.

In his first big move since he was appointed U.S. captain last year, Watson says he would take the top nine players off the Ryder Cup standings and select three players as captain's picks. For the last three matches, only eight Americans qualified for the team and the U.S. captain had four picks.

Paul Azinger was behind a major overhaul of the U.S. points system when he was captain for the 2008 matches. He based the standings on PGA Tour earnings instead of points assigned to top-10 finishes, put more emphasis on the current season the Ryder Cup was held and increased the picks from two to four.

The Americans won the Ryder Cup that year, and while Europe has won the last two times, the Ryder Cup has come down to one match late Sunday afternoon. The next Ryder Cup is in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland.