Paul McGinley will be Europe's captain at the 2014 Ryder Cup. (Redington/Getty Images)
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Ryder Cup Europe announced Friday that starting in 2016 the European Ryder Cup captain will be selected by a five-man panel.
The panel will be made up of the three previous Ryder Cup Captains, the European Tour’s chief executive and one representative from the European Tour’s tournament committee. Paul McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie will be the three Ryder Cup captains on the panel that will select the 2016 captain. The 2016 Ryder Cup will be held at Hazeltin National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
The European Ryder Cup Captain, from the 2016 contest onwards, will be decided by a select five-man panel; it has been announced today by Ryder Cup Europe.
The 2016 captain is expected to be named in early 2015.
“It was felt that this change would see the most suitable candidate being invited to follow on from Paul McGinley at Hazeltine,” said Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup director. “The job of Ryder Cup Captain is an ever expanding and ever demanding role, and I think this decision perfectly focuses the three vital ingredients required in any selection process.”
McGinley will be Europe's captain for next year's Ryder Cup.
Tom Watson said he has wanted to be a Ryder Cup captain again for a long time. (Lecka/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Tom Watson sees himself a "stage manager" as he looks forward to the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The U.S. captain has already been to Gleneagles to check out the facility that will host the biennial competition next fall. He even asked his hosts there for a few pin sheets from the Johnnie Walker Championship played annually on the Jack Nicklaus design. The conversation didn't exactly go well.
"I looked at them with a smile and said, 'You've not going to give them to us?," Watson said with a smile. "They said, 'No, we're not."
Of course, Watson fully expects to get the pin sheets and anything else he needs in advance of the competition. That conversation was just "kind of friendly repartee back and forth," he said. And Watson is looking forward to the day when he gets his team together in Scotland and goes from setting the stage for those "actors" to making decisions to help the team win.
When Watson first captained the U.S. team in 1993 at The Belfry, he didn't mince words with the members of his team. "If I don't play you, it's for a reason," he recalls telling them. But it didn't take long for his strategy to backfire.
"Payne Stewart and Paul Azinger, they were just shooting lights out in practice rounds, making ten birdies and things like that,' Watson said. "They got beat; they got whacked 6 and 5 in the first match. Now, what do you do?"
A three-hour fog delay admittedly racheted up the pressure and contributed to the defeat. But Watson, who remembers how wide-eyed the two were when they finally teed off and decided to split the team up, learned a valuable lesson that day.
"Like Roy Williams said, the basketball coach, if I want to get some advice on how to coach a team, especially on an away game, he said, Tom, I make a game plan for every team we play against, I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that and do that, and then he said, invariably, five minutes into the game, I'm coaching by the seat of my pants and the game plan is out the window," Watson said.
"That's kind of the way it has to happen. You make the best decisions that you can make at the time you're trying to make the decisions and that's what you try to do."
Watson's 1993 team went on to beat the Europeans 15-13. But the Americans have only won twice in the next nine matches -- and famously lost a four-point lead in Singles last year. Hence, the call to the World Golf Hall of Famer.
"I hate losing," Watson said. "This last Ryder Cup, losing after a four-point lead, it tears you up. It tears me up inside. I had a vacuum; I lived with a vacuum for three or four days after watching the defeat.
"I still feel like I have a little ownership in that, because I played on the team. I understand what the players are going through. And it doesn't sit well with me. We have lost seven out of the last nine Ryder Cups, and my advice to anybody who is going to be on this team is that I hate to lose, and I hope you hate to lose more than I hate to lose. We're going to go out there with a purpose."
When PGA of America president Ted Bishop called to offer the captainship to Watson, he asked for a couple of days to think about it.
"And I called him back, and I said I'd be honored to, I'd love to do it again," Watson said. "In fact, what I didn't say was that I had been waiting for that call for the last 20 years, because I'd always wanted to be a Ryder Cup Captain again."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
The police car that escorted Rory McIlroy to Medinah for his singles match at last year's Ryder Cup is up for auction.
After being confused by what time zone he was in, McIlroy narrowly avoided missing his tee time against Keegan Bradley when a police escort got him to the course with minutes to spare.
McIlroy went on to defeat Bradley, 2 and 1, as Europe matched the largest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup history.
The car -- a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria with just under 90,000 miles -- belongs to the village of Lombard, Ill., and was already slated for replacement.
The auction is set to conclude Monday, April 8, and the current bid is at $3,250.
After serving as an assistant each of the last two Ryder Cups, McGinley will lead Europe in 2014.
Paul McGinley was appointed captain of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old Irishman beat out Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie.
McGinley played on three victorious Ryder Cup teams from 2002 to 2006. In nine matches, he earned 4 1/2 points. He was also an assistant captain on each of the last two Ryder Cup teams.
Europe will defend the trophy at Gleneagles, Scotland.
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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Steve Stricker hasn’t played golf since the U.S. lost the Ryder Cup two months ago outside Chicago.
“It still lingers,” Stricker said Tuesday from the World Challenge presented by Northwestern Financial. ”That wasn’t much fun the way it ended.”
None of it, at least inside the ropes, was fun for Stricker, who failed to earn a point in four matches, which included going 0-for-3 alongside Tiger Woods. Stricker said the loss hurt more than anything else in his 24 years on the PGA TOUR, including the years in which he lost his card.
“I feel a lot of responsibility for not winning a point,” Stricker said. “I still think about it a lot, and there are reminders all over the place. Every corner I take (at home), there’s a picture from the Ryder Cup or a present or something.”
Stricker added that he wouldn’t have changed anything about the experience -- other than the outcome.
He was so haunted by the defeat, he had trouble sleeping the first two weeks after the historic collapse.
“I think it still hurts a lot of us just because how it all played out,” said Stricker, who never had more than a 1-up lead in any of his matches and who trailed for much of them.
If there’s a moment that sticks out in particular, it came on the 17th hole on Sunday against Martin Kaymer.
Stricker hit his tee shot through the green on the par-3 and failed to get up and down to save par. Kaymer made his par to take a 1-up lead he would never relinquish.
“I haven’t watched it,” Stricker said of the matches. “I don’t plan on watching it.
“I feel a lot of responsibility there just because I didn’t do anything for the team.”
As for playing on the next team when he’ll be 47 years old, the wounds of this loss are still too fresh for Stricker to think that far ahead.
“Not right now,” he said. “I’ve had a good run with it. It’s been a lot of fun. Yeah, you know what, I don’t know. It still stings. It’s not a fair question at this time.”
The PGA of America announced on Wednesday that Canadian-based Sunice has been chosen as an official licensed product partner for the 2011 and 2012 PGA Championship as well as the 2012 Ryder Cup.
The Sunice gear is made with GORE-TEX, which should solve the problem the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team encountered when its Sun Mountain suits began leaking at Celtic Manor last October -- though an outfitter has yet to be chosen.
The company will also provide the waterproof outerwear that will be worn by the 2011 and 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup teams.
The 2011 PGA Championship will be played at Atlanta Athletic Club on Aug. 11-14, while the 2012 Ryder Cup will be held at The Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago. -- Brian Wacker