Category Archives: Ryder Cup

Feb
24
2015
Members of the PGA's Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Davis Love was officially named the U.S Ryder Cup captain at a media conference at the PGA of America’s headquarters on Tuesday at PGA National, site of this week’s Honda Classic. Six members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force were present for the announcement, including PGA CEO Pete Bavacqua, president Derek Sprague, vice president Paul Levy, Phil Mickelson, Tom Lehman Rickie Fowler, and of course, Love. The PGA also revealed changes to the captain selection process and qualifying system for U.S. players. 

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Feb
18
2015
Europe's lead man

Europe’s lead man

Instead of an 11-person task force for Team America, it only took the Europeans a five-man panel to select Darren Clarke as the next Ryder Cup captain. The 46-year-old will become the first Northern Irishman to lead Europe’s team in the biennial matches pitted against the U.S. in 2016 at Hazeltine. 

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Feb
16
2015

Davis Love III can redeem himself at the 2016 Ryder Cup when he’ll get his second chance to lead the American squad to a victory. Love will be the next captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, according to a report by Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte.

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Nov
4
2014
Couples love

Couples love

The players of the American Ryder Cup team are ready for Freddie. In a recent article by Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte, Fred Couples revealed that the entire team had reached out to him that they wanted him to be the next Ryder Cup captain when the biennial dogfight against Europe is staged next in 2016. 

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Oct
19
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter has retaliated at Sir Nick Faldo for his remarks calling Sergio Garcia “useless” and having a “bad attitude” during the recent European Ryder Cup victory over the Americans.

On a U.S. television broadcast on the first day, Faldo criticized Garcia, referring back to his time as Team Europe’s captain in 2008.

In Poulter’s newly-published book, No Limits: My Autobiography, the European Team was absolutely irate with Faldo and lost respect for him, according to this excerpt from the Telegraph:

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Oct
14
2014
Task force, who you gonna call?

Task force, who you gonna call?

The PGA of America is infamous for forming its “task forces.” We’re not quite sure what they exactly accomplish yet, rather than getting a group of people together to chat and charging the expenses to the PGA. The task force will reportedly examine the U.S. Ryder Cup process — from how the captains and players are selected to how the team prepares for the matches. Hopefully this one will get the American Ryder Cup team back on track after the U.S. has fallen to Europe in eight of the last 10 biennial dogfights against the two continents. 

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Oct
7
2014

Just over a week removed from the U.S. team’s eighth loss to Europe in the past 10 Ryder Cups, the PGA of America is already in the process of a major overhaul to its current system. PGA of America President Ted Bishop is planning to create a task force dedicated to examine the Ryder Cup structure — from how the captain’s picks are selected to the qualification of the 12 team members and even the schedule of events during the matches — according to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard.

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Oct
6
2014

In the aftermath of the actual golf played at the Ryder Cup, there’s been quite a lot of drama that’s unfolded, to say the least. First, there was the best reality TV I’ve seen in a while — which was Phil Mickelson’s critique of Captain Tom Watson in the post-match team press conference at Gleneagles. Then, six days removed from that, an ESPN.com report was published describing the ugly tension in the team meeting the night prior to the Sunday’s singles matches — it detailed Watson criticizing players, failing to take any culpability and scoffing at a gift from the players.

Following that report, Watson issued an open letter, taking “complete and full” blame for his lack of communication and even defended Mickelson’s very public attack of him. Here’s the letter in full:

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Oct
6
2014

We knew the fallout was going to be ugly. After all, in a very public forum that was the American post-match team press conference, Phil Mickelson aired an attack against Captain Tom Watson and his leadership philosophy. Shots were fired by both sides, but I had a feeling Mickelson, who never utters a word without an agenda, had a strong reason for what he did. I defended Mickelson’s outspoken critique, as to me, it appeared he had slammed Watson for the greater good of the American Ryder Cup team.

Now, what exactly was Phil’s motivation? Well, we’re finding out with leakages from inside the team room. Turns out it was unfortunately as bad as we thought. According to an ESPN.com report, on Saturday night prior to the Sunday’s singles matches, Watson criticized players, refused to take responsibility for any issues with the team and essentially rebuffed a gift given to him by the players.

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Oct
1
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

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Don’t get me wrong, the 12 players on a team hit the shots and make the putts that ultimately determine a win or loss, but the job of the Ryder Cup captain involves more than just picking out uniforms, posing for photo ops, and making decisions from your “gut” — a term American Captain Tom Watson used starting at the glitzy press conference, where he made his somewhat controversial captain’s picks, particularly when it came down to Webb Simpson, who apparently texted his way onto the team.

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