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The next US Ryder Cup captain should be .........

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  1. 1. The next US Ryder Cup captain should be .........

    • Tom Watson
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    • Paul Azinger
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    • Fred Couples
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    • Hubert Green
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    • Other
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    • Johnny Miller
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    • Jack Nicklaus
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    • Lee Trevino
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    • Lanny Wadkins
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    • Hale Irwin
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I realize it's very early to be contemplating this, but I thought it would be a fun discussion. The options I generated played in three or more Ryder Cups, with winning point percentages >.40 My choice would be Hale Irwin: Strong under pressure--Three US Open wins, Clinched US victory at '91 Kiawah in the final match against Langer Understands the team concept--Two all Big Eight cornerback for University of Colorado, Captained the 1994 President's Cup team to victory Excellent Ryder Cup record 13-5-2 over 5 Ryder Cups .70point % Well respected by others, the best Champions Tour (Senior PGA) player of all time.
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zinger was asked of his interest level last week and didnt seem too thrilled about. I like Irwin.

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.... unafraid to take young golfers on a hot streak with his captain's picks and willing to sit unproductive golfers regardless of how popular they are or how certain they will be hall of fame inductees.

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Originally Posted by irishmike27

Larry Nelson

I voted other for this reason.

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Who makes the selection and what are the criteria?

It seems like most recent picks have been veterans that are still playing regularly.  This might give them some insider knowledge of the players games, but hasn`t really translated into victories (at least for the US).

It looks like Nicklaus was the last repeat Captain when he did it in 1983 and again in 1987.  Watson was the last US Captain to win in Europe in 1993.

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Fred Couples, why not, they've won two Prez Cups with him as captain, give him a shot against the Europeans.

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Originally Posted by mvmac

Fred Couples, why not, they've won two Prez Cups with him as captain, give him a shot against the Europeans.


My thought exactly.

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I voted "other" as this would be my choice as well, I don't know why Nelson hasn't been considered before.

Of the names on the list, I'd go with Miller.  Miller is familiar with all their games and is arrogant enough to not be intimidated by Tiger, Phil or anyone else that might end up on the team.

Originally Posted by irishmike27

Larry Nelson

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Larry Nelson is a great choice--forgot to put him as an option. Served in the military. 3 majors. 3 Ryder Cups with a record of 9-3-1 .73point %
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Originally Posted by Audaxi

My guess is Fred Couples, Johnny Miller, or Paul Azinger.

I agree with Couples or Zinger but Miller may be too controversial/ difficult personality....bit like hiring Bobby Valentine.

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I like the Couples choice because he has had so much success at the Presidents Cup. I also like the Hale Irwin choice, but his window for the PGA to pick him may have passed. Same with Larry Nelson, I think their times may have passed, neither of them were even vice-captains. I think the PGA will pick Jeff Sluman.
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I think the PGA will pick Jeff Sluman.

--or O'Meara or skip straight to Furyk. I like your sense of humor. That would be typical of the PGA--Sluman never played in the Ryder Cup, but won the PGA and has been assistant captain a couple of times. Irwin and Nelson are ridiculously overdue.

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