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US must get even for fans Watson

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United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says the American team must get even at Gleneagles later this month.

The US have lost five of the last six contests, including the most recent match at Medinah in 2012 after Europe’s thrilling final-day comeback.

The American team has to get back on track Watson said. The loss at Medinah should stick in their craw

Ex-Europe captain Bernard Gallacher has called the appointment of eight-time major winner Watson a masterstroke

2002, The Belfry

Lost 15.5-12.5

2004, Oakland Hills

Lost 18.5-9.5

2006, The K Club

Lost 18.5-9.5

2008, Valhalla

Won 16.5-11.5

2010, Celtic Manor

Lost 14.5-13.5

2012, Medinah

Lost 14.5-13.5

Watson has captained the US once before, winning at the Belfry in 1993, and the 65-year-old told BBC Sport he was desperate to be given a second chance.

I wanted to be captain, in the worst way Watson said

When I got the call a couple of years ago, I said to myself, ‘I’ve been waiting for this call for almost 20 years

And Gallacher, who lost as captain to Watson’s American team in 1993, believes it was an inspired decision by the PGA of America to approach Watson again

I thought it was absolutely a masterstroke said Gallacher, whose nephew Stephen will compete for Europe at Gleneagles.

If anybody can keep the interest going on the American side

It’s not just about the players, because the players obviously want to play in the Ryder Cup, but you’re really thinking about the American public keeping them

Thumbs up for Capaldi’s Doctor

Capaldi, best known for his role in The Thick of It, is the 12th Time Lord


Critics have hailed Peter Capaldi’s feature-length debut as the 12th Doctor, as the eighth series of Doctor Who premiered on BBC One on Saturday.

The Telegraph’s Michael Hogan said the Scots actor crackled with fierce intelligence and nervous energy

Euan Ferguson, in the Guardian, called his performance “wise and thoughtful though decried the plot as demented

At its peak the programme was watched by 7.3 million people, according to official viewing figures

The BBC said it was the most watched opening episode of a Doctor Who series since 2010

Richard Beech, in the Mirror, agreed Capaldi had all the hallmarks of a great Doctor

He called the 80 minute opening episode, entitled Deep Breath, an impeccable debut

“If you watched Deep Breath and you don’t want to watch the rest of series 8, then there truly is something wrong with you, he wrote.

However fans of the series appeared less convinced.

(Spoiler alert: Key plot details revealed below)

The show received a mixed reception on Twitter, with some viewers deeming 56-year-old Capaldi brilliant and amazing, while others describing the episode as middle of the road and “gimmicky

More depth and much better with an older actor. It’s 1973 all over again and that’s no bad thing, tweeted one fan.

Overall I think Capaldi is going to be good, but the episode wasn’t great. Pretty much what I have come to expect from Moffat tweeted another, who landed the blame squarely with Doctor Who show-runner and Sherlock writer Steven Moffat, who penned the episode.

You cannot tell me that this was badly written. This is the best episode that Moffat has ever made. I hope it stays this great argued another

Seriously disappointed with Doctor Who. Bored, angry, frustrated, irritated, offended and let down. Wow

The surprise reappearance of Capaldi’s predecessor, Matt Smith  in the closing moments of the show – was greeted with joy by many fans, though the Mirror’s critic called Smith’s phone call from the future divisive

For some, it will have been a genuine treat to see Matt Smith as the Doctor for one last time  but many didn’t need the closure, and didn’t need telling to get behind a man they already firmly believe in

Moffat has described it as the fastest return ever on Doctor Who

It just felt utterly right for what we were planning for Peter’s Doctor, and right for Matt’s Doctor, that he would think of that as he was just about to go out the door he told Digital Spy

The critics were united in their praise for Jenna Coleman, returning as the Doctor’s sidekick Clara Oswald

Her character drove much of the action in what many saw as a wayward” storyline, opening with a dinosaur stranded in Victorian London, and encompassing spontaneous combustion and robots harvesting human remains

The plot runs secondary to the emotional throughline here, wrote US critic Geoff Berkshire in Variety

But he added What Capaldi lacks in youthful energy, he more than makes up for in gravitas and wry eccentricity, whether marvelling at his ‘independently cross eyebrows or gleefully embracing his Scottish accent as a license to complain

Behind his furrowed brow and tendency to complain, roil new and exciting storms, which may tilt the tale away from love and longing and back to adventure echoed Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara

Either way, this Doctor is truly something else again