Andy North needed as much time as it takes for a tap-in putt to accept an invitation to be a vice captain for US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson at next year's matches.
The television analyst and two-time US Open champion jumped at Watson's invitation over dinner earlier this year.
''I was absolutely giddy over the opportunity not only, hopefully, to have a role to get the Cup back but also to be able to help a dear friend,'' North said during a conference call Wednesday at The Greenbrier Classic. ''If I can take a little bit of the responsibility off of his shoulders and make it an easier week for him, that will be awesome for me.''
The Ryder Cup will be held in September 2014 in Gleneagles, Scotland. The Europeans have won seven of the past nine Ryder Cups, including the past two.
North won the 1978 and 1985 US Opens and played on the US Ryder Cup team that lost to Europe in 1985.
''When you win a couple of US Opens, he knows what ...