As first reported by Golf Channel’s Tim Rosenforte on Monday night, Davis Love III is expected to be named the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain.
Love was the captain of the 2012 team at Medinah that held a 10-6 lead over Europe heading into Sunday singles, only to see the European side win the title 14 1/2 – 13. Love was beloved by the players, but was criticized after for sitting Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley during the Saturday afternoon session. The U.S. lost that match which fueled the Europe comeback.
An official announcement will be made Feb. 24 at PGA of America headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens.
A spokesman for Love and the PGA of America told Golf Channel: “It is premature to discuss the U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy and we are not prepared to comment at this time.”
Love is part of the 11 man Ryder Cup task force that was put into place after the U.S. side got blown out in 2014. While he has had success in the past as part of numerous Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, it was widely assumed publicly that the 2016 captain spot would come down to either Fred Couples, who is 3-0 as a Presidents Cup captain, or Paul Azinger, who captained the last American win in 2008. Couples has stated in the past that he’s “not a PGA of America guy” and this decision certainly backs that sentiment up.
When Love and his U.S. squad head to Hazeltine in 2016, they will likely be met by Darren Clarke as the captain of Europe.
The European captain announcement will be made on Wednesday, but all reports indicate that Clarke will be named the European Ryder Cup captain for 2016.
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