Gary Williams asked new PGA of America President Derek Sprague on Morning Drive about conversations with Ryder Cup task force members and he confirmed--brace for impact--that the Task Force has yet to meet ("getting that group together is a challenge").
They were originally thought to be meeting at this week’s Hero World Challenge but that appears to be off the table, with January's Farmers Insurance Open the next possibility.
Meanwhile Sprague's predecessor Ted Bishop has returned to blogging and lays out the thinking behind the task force Task Force "Task Force" and notes the U.S. "could have concocted Azinger, Vince Lombardi, Joe Torre and Red Auerbach into a Ryder Captain and the results would not have changed." Still he endorses Fred Couples for 2016 Captain and offers other thoughts on tweaks. Including...
1. Develop a system where an individual should be a Vice Captain before they are named as a Ryder Cup Captain. Since 1990, only Love was a Vice Captain before being Captain. Paul McGinley was a Vice Captain four times before being picked to lead the Euros in 2014.
As the President’s Cup Captain, Fred Couples never lost a match. He was a Ryder Cup staple as a player. Why not name Couples as the 2016 Ryder Cup Captain? He will need administrative help from his Vice Captains and that could come in the form of people such as David Toms, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker. This trio could focus on what Couples won’t administratively. All are likely to be Captains someday.