Palm Beach Gardens, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Davis Love III has been named the
United States captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup after more than a week of
Love captained the 2012 team that lost 14 1/2 – 13 1/2 after owning a 10-6
lead entering Sunday’s singles matches at Medinah. The four-point comeback by
the Europeans matched the largest in event history.
The 50-year-old Love was a member of the 1999 team that erased a four-point
deficit at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. He played on six
Ryder Cup teams and won the 1997 PGA Championship for his lone major title.
Love posted a career record of 9-12-5 in Ryder Cup play. Prior to being a
captain, he previously served as an assistant captain in 2010 under Corey
Pavin in Wales.
With his return, Love becomes the second straight, and eighth man overall, to
captain multiple U.S. Ryder Cup teams. The other seven were Walter Hagen, Sam
Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Burke, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
Following Watson’s second go-round at the 2014 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America
created a task force to study everything about the United States Ryder Cup
process. Love was part of that task force.
Europe selected Darren Clarke as its next captain last week. The 2016 Ryder
Cup will take place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.