With last weeks official announcement that Davis Love III will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2016, it’s time to look ahead and preview the 41st Ryder Cup.
Love, who led the U.S. in a losing effort in 2012 at Medinah, is matched by Darren Clarke, who receives his first opportunity to lead the Europeans. Clarke was selected by a five-man selection panel consisting of the last three Ryder Cup captains: Paul McGinley, José María Olazábal, Colin Montgomerie, another ex-Ryder Cup player David Howell and the European Tour chief executive, George O’Grady.
Good luck Davis to you and the 2016 Ryder Cup Team….TW
— Tom Watson (@TomWatsonPGA) February 27, 2015
By The Numbers
Davis Love III
DOB: April 13, 1964
From: Charlotte, North Carolina
PGA Tour Wins: 20
Major Championships: 1997 PGA
Highest World Golf Ranking: 3
Ryder Cup (player): 1993 (winners), 1995, 1997, 1999 (winners), 2002, 2004
Ryder Cup (captain): 2012
Game Strength: Accuracy off the tee
DOB: August 14, 1968
From: Northern Ireland
European Tour Wins: 14
Major Championships: 2011 Open Championship
Highest World Golf Ranking: 9
Ryder Cup (player): 1997 (winners), 1999, 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners)
Ryder Cup (captain): None
Game Strength: Four ball specialist; links golf
— Davis Love III (@Love3d) February 26, 2015
— Darren Clarke (@DarrenClarke60) February 25, 2015
Other Ryder Cup News & Notes
This past weekend at the Honda Classic, Jack Nicklaus got in the booth with Johnny Miller and Dan Hicks. The conversation turned to the Ryder Cup task force.
Nicklaus had thoughts:
“We don’t have to do a bunch of things to figure out how to win the Ryder Cup. Just go play golf…I’m a little bit too casual, probably, about a lot of things, but you can’t force good play. Good play comes from good hard work and actually being prepared to play, not being forced to play.”
Rory McIlroy also added his two cents at the Honda Classic regarding the United States and Ryder Cup.
It came as a huge shock when they announced Davis [Love III] as the next U.S. captain. But then I’m also surprised, and I feel they’re overdoing it, with the setting up of a task force and talking about all the changes they want to bring in.”
“It’s been said by a few players since we won at Gleneagles that it’s not rocket science why Europe has won the last three Ryder Cups and eight of the past 10,” McIlroy said. “I do get the sense the States, what with their task force and everything that came out in the announcement yesterday, that they’re desperate to win back the Ryder Cup.”
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