Davis Love named US captain
As was widely expected, Davis Love has been asked to skipper the United States’ golf team for the 2012 Ryder Cup.
As was predicted by most observers, Davis Love has been appointed captain of the United States’ team for the 2012 Ryder Cup, the US PGA confirmed on Thursday.
The 46-year-old, a veteran of six Ryder Cups as a player, will try to grab the trophy back from Europe after being part of the losing team when he served as a vice-captain to Corey Pavin at Celtic Manor last year.
Love will go head-to-head with Spaniard Jose-Maria Olazabal, who was appointed as European captain earlier this week.
Love was unable to hold back the tears when asked how proud his late father would have been on learning of his appointment.
The 46-year-old lost his father in a plane crash in 1988 and said: “This is a thrill I never thought I would achieve and I would love to share it with him.”
Love believes a key to winning back the trophy in Chicago next year will be getting his team relaxed.
“My main mission will be to get the players prepared for Friday morning,” he said after learning that he had been chosen to succeed Corey Pavin’s just three months after the Americans’ one-point defeat at Celtic Manor last year.
“What we have been missing is getting over the nerves of being ready to play on the biggest stage.
“We’ve just tried too hard and I’ll be trying to get the players as relaxed and freed up as I can.
“I am a players’ captain and I’m going to get them what they need to be successful.
“I’m not going to tell some of the best players in the world how to play golf. I’m going to let them show off their talents.”
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