U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will trim the number of at-large picks for the 2014 biennial matches from four to three, he announced Wednesday.
Watson, speaking on RyderCup.com, said the points system for players to qualify will remain the same. He consulted several recent captains about changing the number of picks.
"There's not a lot of method in my madness, if you will," said Watson, 63, who will be the oldest U.S. Ryder Cup captain in history. "I truly think the players themselves ought to have another shot at getting on the team because of ... their play."
The first points for the U.S. squad start accruing at the Masters in April and will be awarded for the major championships this year. Points for every tournament will start with the Frys.com Open in the fall.
Former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger successfully lobbied the PGA of America to double the captain's picks from two to four prior to the 2008 matches at Valhalla. In the 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cups, U.S. captains Corey Pavin and Davis Love III used four picks like Azinger.
The 2014 Ryder Cup will be contested at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Sept. 26-28.