The worst secret in golf, of course, becomes official Thursday when Davis Love III is named 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain at a news conference in Medinah, Ill., site of the next matches.
So what can we expect out of Love the next two years?
It’s logical that he would name buddies Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert as assistants.
Love is said to be at once genuinely excited about the job but at the same time thinks he can win more tournaments, including another major, and add to his PGA Tour victory total of 20. A confidante says Love, 46, feels he can compete for another decade because of his length and physical condition.
He has played a Titleist ball since he joined the Tour in 1986 and has been a Titleist staff player since the mid-1990s, but he changed out his bag this year. He has switched to a Bridgestone ball (330S) and irons and has been using a TaylorMade driver. Love is said to have been blown away by the Bridgestone ball.
Love has said his goal this year is to make Couples’ Presidents Cup team. Further, Love would like to qualify on points for his own Ryder team but wouldn’t play, a close friend said.
Just what kind of captain will he be? Well, he likes leading; he’s in his fourth term on the Tour Policy Board. And he’s a spirit-of-the-game type guy.
“He’ll be a players’ coach, a best friend, a buddy, a what-can-I-do type captain,” the friend said.