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Larry Nelson "Disappointed" But He's Used To Being Snubbed By The PGA Of America

Ryan Lavner with the highlights of Larry Nelson's Morning Drive appearance to discuss the news of Tom Watson's appointment as the 2014 Ryder Cup captain.

“It’s tough because it’s kind of the third time this has happened,” Nelson said, referring to the ’95 and ’97 captaincies. “It seemed to gather more momentum this year than possibly in the past. I’m certainly appreciative of the thousands of people who tweeted or sent me emails who were hoping this might be the time.

“I’m flattered, certainly disappointed. I don’t know why the decision was made the way it was, but you just have to honor that.”

The video from Morning Drive:

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Reader Comments (16)

I like Larry. He deserved it.

But does anyone really want to argue that, with the USA's record over the past few Ryder Cups, that Larry Nelson should get this job NOW?

I admire the PGA for trying something a little outside the box to try to get the team going.
12.12.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails
Dear Larry Nelson, the PGA hates your guts for some reason, but given the organization in question perhaps you should take that as a sign you're doing something right
12.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Thinking outside the recent box: 9-3-1.
12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Nelson would have been "outside the box".
12.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Europeans use Seve as inspiration
PGA gives the guy who best battled Seve the finger.

Yup sounds just like the organization that makes its lowest paid members pay ridiculous
Costs to join and make minimum wage.

Watson equals more money for Ryder Cup coffers.
More money equals lower dues. Better job security. Nope, higher salaries for admin.
Joke of an organization any more
12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
Like Larry but sometimes stuff happens.
Watson in Scotland creates buzz and rings the PGA's register...heck, I'm even going to root for Keegan Bradley if he makes the team!
12.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
You know the PGA of America is set up as a not-for-profit, means they have to file 990's....I bet those shysters have something to guys want me to start digging?

12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
How the hell did this happen? We're now not even waiting for the announcement -- props to Rosaforte, who appears to have been decreed infallible and is doubtless well sourced.

Out of a throwaway crack in Australia? Or was that the teaser -- was it already a done deal? A set-up question -- remember, it came from an unbylined original story -- and a casual drop from Huckleberry. Gag.

Get one thing straight. The Scots assembled at Gleneagles may still admire Watson. But it will just make beating him all the sweeter. They will not be any softer on his boys. He'll just get a cheer as he goes by in his cart. He's welcome.
12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
@Ghillie And no one else wears a goofy grin while taking a fanny whipping the way Ol' Tom does...
12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
Larry Nelson deserved it, as evidenced by his classy way of handling this entire situation. That being said, to take potshots at Watson or the PGA for bringing him in is undeserved. He is arguably the third best American player in the last 50 years. If the PGA was going to go "out of the box" and select an older man, it is hard to dispute that Watson was the best choice for the spot.
12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
As poorly as they are handling things in the last couple of decades, you won't have to dig too hard, Del.

I wish whomever the best, and until a breaking story appears on an IRS investigation or such, I am not going to read any more RC/PGA stories after tomorrow .

So Del, get hopping!
12.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I've got some great friends that are PGA members, and some of my heroes and guys that turned me on to the game were PGA professionals, but I'm really disappointed in the leadership and the direction that the organization is going in. The salary that Steranka was getting, the wining and dining that is done with elaborate accomodations(for the few lucky ones) while the assistant pros at some courses struggle to make ends meet, and poor decisions on matters like this Captain selection.

Very impressed by the class act that Larry Nelson continues to be.
12.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Back in the day Ghost, Jr. told me that he would like to be a golf professional. I could see his point. He had participated in a junior golf program that, while nominally affiliated with the First Tee, ran circles around that *thing* run by Joe Louis Barrow with the support of the Grand Panjandrums of Golf. Most of the local professionals he got to know were wonderful men (no women, alas). They all worked for the local Parks & Recreation Department at the 5 municipal courses in the community. That's right. A city of about 260,000 has 5 golf courses (including one par-3) that are well run, well conditioned, and priced right. Because these professionals worked for the city, they had good jobs at good salaries with health care and a pension. The pros at the private courses in the area made maybe half as much with no benefits, except for the three clubs that checked your DNA and your D&B at the door. And those guys were hanging on by their fingernails more often than not. IIRC Harvey Penick noted in one of his little books that there are probably only a few hundred good jobs like the one he had in the entire country. Not much has changed. And that is a goddamn sin and a shame for which Steranka and his successors should he held accountable. Instead they will keep right on squeezing the Game until there is no blood left in the stone. But the Ryder Cup will grow ever larger as a goose that lays golden eggs. Until it doesn't, and that time will come. Ghost, Jr. still loves the game and he is good at it. But he decided to do something else, which is a good thing. He would have been a good golfer and a good teacher though. In a different universe.

Oh, and what Digs said about digging.
12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
What PatBurke and KLG said: PGA's overseas act in pretty much the same way....I could tell stories all day about some serious skimming that goes on at the top while new pros are told they'll get nothing and like it.

Eg1:I paid approx 1000Euros to "join" the PGA and finish some needed classroom hours. For that money, all I got was a hundred times photocopied 25yr old bundle of text (in Czech English) with no pictures, diagrams, photos, explanations, etc....zilch. Just a bunch of translated stiff from a 30yr old PGA manual that still teaches the myths of ball flight laws Trackman proved false almost 10yrs ago. Also...there were about 25 of us in the class...4 classes in total w/ similar #' the math, someone is making out like a bandit.

Eg2: You want to find a new assistant and/or teaching job b/c you moved cities? Then don't bother asking ANYONE from the PGA...they'll either push you or hold you back depending on their personal 'motivation' good or bad. The end result is the average golfers get shafted in terms of crappy service and over priced entry fees/lessons/food while being treated as walking ATM machines.

In can be called a cannibalistic-mafia-racket in the way it operates. I try to stay above the fray and focus on providing solid instruction with no frills. Golf is a simple game when boiled down to it's essential elements...the trick is to stop thinking so much and send the ball towards a target of your choice. Tough to do when the PGA here has muddied the waters.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
American here, this is what I wouldn't mind seeing.

Watson gets his ass kicked in 2014. (sorry, Brian)

Then, Larry Nelson finally gets the call for 2016 and gets 'er done.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Not crazy how this all came about. Watson was completely off the radar, says something in an interview about the ryder cup last week while in Australia and the PGA bends over backwards to make this happen asap.

So what happens if Watson loses?

PGA will do a 180 and never want a 60-something again "they're out of touch with today's game" & "we need a players contemporary"

If Watson loses, Nelson will never get his shot. Shameful.

Either way - ryder cup captain must be the most overrated job in sports. I say they have ZERO effect on the outcome.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commentercm

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