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Tuesday
Dec112012

Poll: Who Will Be The 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain?

With David Toms apparently not getting a call yet and only 48 hours to go, it's not looking good for the former PGA Champion.

That leaves the competition wide open...your vote for who you THINK will get the job, not what your heart says. Remember, this is the PGA of America, so think inside the box...

Who do you think will be named the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Thursday?
  
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Justin Leonard seems like a possible choice too.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
Toms is a mortal lock...the safe, don't rock our boat pick for the PGA empty suits.
Hope it's Larry but 3 majors loses to 1 major who networks.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
There is one right answer here: Larry Nelson

The man deserves the honor and had been passed over for far too long. It's time for the PGA to step up and do the right thing. Is there one person who hasn't been a Capt already that has the record to match Nelson?

If current PGA Tour players ever cared enough to boost the opinion of the golfing public, they should tell the PGA they will not play in the Ryder Cup unless Larry Nelson is their Captain.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJS
Smart money right now is on Tom Watson. Awesome, really looking forward to being lectured by an old white man on how I should live my life for the next two years
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
I would love to see Larry Nelson get the look. But that would piss elf off since Larry is an "old white man".

Aside from that, why on earth would Tom Watson "emphatically shoot down speculation" about another possible captaincy on his part? Especially if it were something he was interested in doing?
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@DTF no only sanctimonious old white men, who feel the need to tell everyone else how they should act
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Elf, I seriously don't think Watson cares how you act. However, he does care how those who represent the game act. And, that probably means him lecturing the one that you treasure - namely Eldrick.

However, Larry Nelson and Hale Irwin have made similar grumblings with respect to Edrick's behavior over the last few years, so you'd better be pulling for David Toms who is a bit of a wimp and spineless around him.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
I think the PGA graycoats were debating between DL3 and Tony Dungy. Dungy would be a interesting choice, and he's an Indy guy, like Ted Bishop, the new PGA president. Plus, he's a winner! Plus, he's an NBC guy! Plus, he's an NFL guy! The PGA loves Davis and he surely learned a bunch from Medinah. I think they think he can win. I'm really conflicted. My heart says that they'll pick Davis but I'm gonna go with Dungy, under the theory that it's truly t a brand new day, or needs to be. I didn't see either on your list, Geoff, but I am often hopelessly out of it.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Bamberger
If the PGA wants to win, they'll pick Watson or Nelson (Nelson, I hope). If they want to lose and keep being stubborn and boring, they'll pick Toms or Love again or anyone else who's just snuck in on their hilariously low-bar criteria.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShort Knocker
elf-
As opposed to being lectured to by a young black woman?
Racist.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
BTW I would have liked to see Sluman or Couples. Watson has a tendency to lecture everyone (or else you haven't been paying attention). (and yeah TW's the only guy in the RC who swears, or slams a club hahahahahaha)
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
elf, tough to take Sluman since he has never even played on a RC team.

Couples is the sitting Pres Cup captain so that's a non-starter

time for PGA to give Nelson his due and make up for the past
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbayhill bogey
Couples hands off his President's Cup Captaincy to Larry Nelson and gets the Ryder Cup gig...
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
Michael B.,

Nice to talk to you this morning!

Looking forward from 2016, it seems rather sensible to run off Furyk, Mickelson, Leonard (or Duval?!!!) and then Tiger thru the 2022 cup. The only year in which there isn't a clear "teed up" candidate before Tiger hits the Senior Tour is this upcoming cup, so this really seems the one chance for the PGA to go "outside the box". Certainly Toms is the safe pick (and I suspect he will end being the choice), but while his career record resembles Leonard's, Toms has the unfortunate mark on his resume of having lost 18.5 to 9.5 twice out of 3 RC appearances. So, it does appear that there is an opening for Nelson this time around. The Watson thing, frankly, makes no sense to me. What would be the point? It would make a helluva lot more sense to bring back Azinger if the PGA were inclined to step into the way-back machine. All that being said, this is the same organization that played 4 out of 11 PGAs at Medinah and Hazeltine, so to expect anything out of the ordinary seems wishful thinking. The razzle-dazzle (blue-blazer version) these days is reserved strictly for the USGA.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
I read some of those articles. When the PGA's criteria for Ryder Cup captain are so narrow that ONLY David Toms qualifies -- and this is not meant to diss Toms -- there is something seriously wrong with the criteria. (Question: how did Lehman get in again? Were they so bereft of PGA winners that time that they had to go to an Open winner? Doesn't that open up the field? Well, maybe not...).

If the PGA's primary objective in the Ryder Cup is getting gelt for the PGA, then they deserve to keep losing. No-one is under any illusion as to the European Tour's reaction to the takings, but the desire to win that event is palpable year in year out. There is a queue for captaincies so qualified for years ahead that there are going to be a few more Lyles among the lists, some possibly also multiple major winners.

Pity the US team, whose choices are so narrow despite their dominance in golf these recent decades. I look forward to the day when it is Keegan Bradley's "turn," if his memory retains his first Ryder Cup. But let's hope he has some competition for the job that does not involve geriatric pedants or Paul Azinger.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Somebody pointed out that Larry Nelson is playing the Father-Son Challenge in Orlando this week - so it's unlikely that he'd be available for a press conference in NY at the same time. At this point, the smart money is probably on Couples.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H
Someone has to remind me why Justin Leonard is a lock for a future Captain? Nice career but c'mon.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
I'll give the nod to whoever agrees to keep the wives away from the golf course and off the golf carts. And no team outfits for them as well. Enough already PGA. Instead of budgeting 20k on their ridiculous getups, spend the money on some less fortunate junior golfers by bringing them in to watch the action. Pretty sure they would accept a t-shirt.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterstephen powers
Harv, I had a similar thought about JL. Went and looked it up, 12 time winner including an Open Championship....for a long time the norm was 15-20 wins and usually 2+ majors, but Tom Kite got the nod with 1 major. That little crack in the dam turned into the gusher that resulted in Tom Lehman being selected and at the point all bets were off. Justin Leonard is a WAY better pick than Tom "Thump Thump" Lehman!
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
PGA will have disgraced itself if anyone other than Larry Nelson gets the call. Three time major winner and Viet nam vet. Maybe it is because he taught himself to play by reading Hogan's book and not getting lessons from his local PGA professional.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn M
Monty gets 10%. Says something about Goff's readership. Either they have a wonderful sense of humor or irony, or they're clueless, or they're something else. Suggestions?
12.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Yes! Geoff's readership has a clueless sense of ironic humor, and they're on something wonderful.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Nelson. Anyone else is a back-up -- and a disgrace to the PGA.
12.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1

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