James Corrigan commenting on the yet to be officially confirmed choice of Davis Love as captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup team.
James’ headline reads, “America is a country where winning is everything - so why appoint 'loser' Davis Love III their Ryder Cup captain?
If this does not show how desperate the US happens to be - after just the one win this century - then surely nothing will…The Stars and Stripes needed a blank canvas, a fresh start after the farce of Tom Watson’s leadership at Gleneagles…”
As to why the news was leaked prior to the official announcement, no one knows. Likewise how come the much fancied Freddie Couples missed out? Especially when we’re told, “… in the wake of Gleneagles and it soon became apparent that the four current players on that panel (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk) wanted Fred Couples to transport his laid-back leadership from the Presidents Cup – in which he has led the US to three straight wins over the Internationals – into this more intense arena.”
And the answer is Azinger?
James asks the question, “Where Love goes for advice is anyone’s guess. There is no manual for recovering from the meltdown at Medinah, where his team were 10-4 up before somehow losing 14½-13½. Steve Stricker, one of the main villains of that match in 2012, and Tom Lehman, the losing captain of 2006, will be assistants; hardly a “winning” management team.”
Given that, “Paul Azinger, the last U.S. captain to win a Ryder Cup in 2008, had met with PGA officials “several times” and recommended Love for another turn in the captain’s chair.” Could it be here’s the man to help Davis wipe out the memories of the Medinah meltdown.
A past captain with credibility although there’s some, make that many would say Azinger was awfully lucky that the opposing captain who shall remain nameless was somewhat shambolic in his performance.
No fresh start
Paul Hayward agrees with Corrigan, his colleague at the Telegraph
“Davis Love III is hardly the man for America’s long-term Ryder Cup plan
US have declared a fresh start by appointing – wait for it – the captain who blew a 10-6 lead on the last day at Medinah in 2012”
After the defeat at Gleneagles, America promised another root-and-branch review. These Ryder Cup hammerings could not go on.
Now, after six months of fact-finding and soul-searching, the US have declared a fresh start by appointing – wait for it – the captain who blew a 10-6 lead on the last day at Medinah in 2012.”
Here’s the link to James and to Paul
Quote of the Day
“At Hazeltine in 2016, though, we have the recipe for a meltdown in Minneapolis. For Darren Clarke, despite all the diplomatic purrings at his appointment as Europe’s next captain, is an immensely volatile personality, portrayed by his own manager as a “complex character”.” – Oliver Brown