Report: Love to lead US at Ryder Cup

Former US PGA Champion Davis Love III has been tipped to take over as USA Ryder Cup captain next week, according to Golf Channel.

The Americans have suffered eight losses in the last 10 meetings and that record prompted the PGA of America to appoint an 11-person Ryder Cup task force, which Love sits on.

Tom Lehman, who captained the US to a heavy 18.5-9.5 defeat in 2006, and Steve Stricker, a winner of 12 PGA Tour events, also sit on the task force and it is reported that they could be given roles in Love’s 2016 team for Hazeltine.

Love, who won his only major in 1997, played in six consecutive Ryder Cups from 1993. He tasted victory twice, on his first appearance and in 1999.

It would be the second time Love has led the team after he oversaw the 14.5-13.5 defeat to Europe in 2012 when Jose Maria Olazabal’s side stormed back from 10-6 down on the final day at Medinah.

Others thought to be contenders for the job were Fred Couples, a close friend of Love who has a 3-0 record as US captain in the Presidents Cup against a non-European global squad, and Paul Azinger, who was captain for the most recent US triumph in 2008 at Valhalla.

Azinger told Golf Channel that if the reports were true, he welcomed the decision

“If true, I believe that Davis is an excellent choice to lead US Ryder Cup in 2016,” he said.

“He’s still connected to the players. He was very prepared and thorough in 2012. Davis will bring much needed continuity to the process.

“I had no interest in being the captain in 2016 for many reasons, personal and business. I suggested Davis to the powers that be at the PGA. He’s a logical choice if he wants it.”