It looks like Davis Love III won’t get his Ryder Cup mulligan after all.
In a surprising turn of events, Love, 50, has stepped down as captain of the U.S. 2016 Ryder Cup team. In a statement put out on his website late Tuesday evening, Love cited injury concerns and a lack of motivation as some of the reasons for his departure.
“After careful consideration these past two months, I’ve decided to step aside as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team. Although humbled to have been selected as a captain for a second time, my family and I have decided that the timing is right to allow someone else to lead the charge for the red, white and blue,” said Love.
Although unofficial, widespread media reports are already suggesting that Fred Couples has been tapped to take Love’s place.
The move would be surprising, considering that Couples was passed over for Love in the first place by the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force. Although seen as a near lock for the ’16 captainship, Couples was not selected, as he’s not seen as a ‘PGA guy,’ according to a February Golfing World article.
Still, the move to Couples would certainly reek of desperation, given Love’s untimely departure.
As far as Love’s injury concerns, it remains to be seen what exactly he could be alluding to. Love was scheduled to meet with his European counterpart, Darren Clarke, in Houston last week for the Valero Texas Open, but had to miss the meeting due to a scheduled toe surgery. He also underwent neck surgery two years ago that forced him to miss time.
In his statement, Love went on to say that he’ll be behind whoever is selected as the next captain.
“Whoever the PGA and Ryder Cup task force elect to replace me with will have my full support, and I’m supremely confident will have our team ready to take the cup back home where it belongs.”
Love, who served as U.S. Captain in 2012, would have become the eighth American to guide multiple Ryder Cup Teams.
The 41st Ryder Cup takes place Sept. 27– Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Love was the unanimous recommendation of the Ryder Cup Task Force.
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