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

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

Poll expired: Nov 30, 2013  
  • 3% (1)
    David Toms
  • 14% (4)
    Larry Nelson
  • 25% (7)
    Fred Couples
  • 3% (1)
    Jim Furyk
  • 48% (13)
    Tom Watson
  • 0% (0)
    Paul Azinger
  • 3% (1)
    Jack Nicklaus
27 Total Votes  
post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 

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.

 

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Each of the last five U.S. captains has been a major championship winner, between the ages of 46-50 and still active on the PGA Tour, competing in at least eight events during the year of his captaincy. Toms is the only man who would fit those criteria for the next skipper, but the fact that he hasn’t heard from those making the decision doesn’t bode well for his chances.

All of which likely means the PGA of America is seeking a different type of captain in the wake of five losses in the last six editions of the competition.

Potential candidates are believed to include Tom Watson, who captained the team to its last win on foreign soil in 1993; Fred Couples, who is 2-0 as Presidents Cup captain; and Larry Nelson, a three-time major champion, who is considered amongst the biggest snubs for the roles in the past few decades.

"It would be a great honor if I got tapped on the shoulder," Watson said during last week’s Australian Open. "'93 was the last time I've been to a Ryder Cup. I'd like to go back as captain. That would be cool."

 

That leaves the competition wide open. Dark-horse possibilities include Kenny Perry and Paul Azinger, who was the last man to lead the U.S. to victory in 2008. Some have even been talking about two-time captain Jack Nicklaus.  He last captained the Presidents Cup team to victory in 2007.  Or maybe this is Larry Nelson's year?  Vote for who you think will get the job.

post #2 of 42
I think Fred Couples will get it (so that is who I voted for), but I believe Larry Nelson deserves it.
post #3 of 42

I voted for Couples too. I think he's proved to be a good captain with the last two President's Cups. The Ryder Cup has more weight added to it compared to the PC, but I think Couples can handle the added pressure. 

post #4 of 42

Lee Trevino...he'll tell it like it is, mentally soft boys of today need a push.

post #5 of 42

Hal Sutton deserves another go.

post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by Wansteadimp View Post

Hal Sutton deserves another go.

He was such a good player in the event I don't understand why he couldn't translate that into his captaincy.

After thinking some more about this, I think we should nominate Hale Irwin. I think he deserves a chance as much as if not more than Nelson.
post #7 of 42

Well it is going to be Tom Watson, so I guess 3 people were right!
 

post #8 of 42

Couples is the current Presidents Cup Captain so I don't think the PGA will pick him. There is a lot of buzz about the possibility of Tom Watson taking the helm, that would be cool. I am not a huge David Toms fan, but I certainly don't dislike the man either. He is kinda vanilla if you ask me, I would rather have someone with some spark!

post #9 of 42

I voted for Couples based on his PC record. But I have a sneaking feeling that the PGA may actually tab Tom Watson. Not sure its the right move but a win will validate any choice.

post #10 of 42

Watson was the last American to captain his team to victory on European soil. I'll take him.

 

2016 through 2020 are going to be filled with some combination of Furyk, Stricker, and Mickelson, there's little doubt about that.

post #11 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Wansteadimp View Post

Hal Sutton deserves another go.

 

lol good one

 

From what I'm hearing they're going to go with Watson, my heart says Couples though.  Freddy seems to have a great rapport with the US players and creates a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  I'm thinking Tom Watson may be too out of touch with the players.

post #12 of 42

Tom Watson would be a very popular choice in Europe - particularly Scotland, I think all his Open wins were in Scotland, he is regarded almost as one of their own.

 

I think he would avoid some of the mistakes that US Captains have made in Europe, certainly he would know that waterproofs need to, you know, be waterproof!

 

Spoke to a guy yesterday who had played the Ryder Cup course at Gleneagles in September and he said it was very very wet, if it rains, then it may end up like Celtic Manor.

post #13 of 42

Lanny Wadkins / Ray Floyd...

post #14 of 42

I think it will be Tom Watson because of his winning record as a past captain and his open championship success

post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by scottothegreat View Post

I think it will be Tom Watson because of his winning record as a past captain and his open championship success


I think it will be Tom Watson because it's been reported for the last 24 hours.

post #16 of 42

I haven't seen anything definite yet I agree the signs are pointing to Watson but would I bet my life on it no there are plenty of other good candidates for the job.

post #17 of 42
Just read that it was announced that Watson will be the captain.
post #18 of 42
I thought the PGA said it would be announced tomorrow? I heard the President say that the last time the US won on European soil was 1993, guess who the captain was. Tom Watson. I think that was a hint.
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