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Just came across a Golf Digest website item listing five possible Ryder Cup captains for 2020. Not sure if these were in order of probability of any other order:

Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods. 

At one time I believe there was an "unwritten rule" that RC captains had to have at least one major championship on their resume. If that's true (and it's possible that it never was), it would disqualify Stricker (although I think he would be a good choice). 

I have two other suggestions: Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard. Both are popular among their peers and have played in several Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups. Johnson has two majors and Leonard has a major and a Players Championship. Both are at a similar place in their careers as other recent captains -- still playing enough (or in Justin's case, doing television work) to be in touch with the tour but at a point at which they're unlikely to make the team as a player.

In past years there was some discussion and controversy about the omissions of Larry Nelson and Mark O'Meara as possible RC captains; maybe it's time to revisit those possibilities?

Your thoughts? 

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30 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

Does anybody think it's not going to be Stricker? After all, it's in Wisconsin and Stricker is to Wisconsin as cheese is to Wisconsin.

No, but I like ZJ.

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Stricker would be my first choice, but I won't be surprised if Mickelson, or Woods winds up with the job. 

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If the powers that be cannot reach a consensus; I'd be happy to step in.  The players wouldn't catch any flak if things went pear-shaped...and I'm cheap.  All I'd want out of it is a couple rounds of golf, airfare, and a room.  And a hat...of course.

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Itll be Stricker vs Harrington. 

3 hours ago, GolfLug said:

No, but I like ZJ.

ZJ will be captain one day but not yet. Still too young.

Speaking of Stricker, would he be the first ever US captain not to win a major? I know Euros have had some, but not sure about the Yanks. 

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Well hopefully Stricker has a more engaging personality among the players. Certainly has appeared to be real a nice guy throughout the years. But man what a bore. 

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10 hours ago, ChrisP said:

ZJ will be captain one day but not yet. Still too young.

Yeah, I agree, but like him anyway. He is a scraper. An overachiever much in the mold of the second string RC Euros that seem to always eek out extra pound than you would expect them to. Captains don't seem to make a huge difference but maybe we can benefit from his underdog image. 

Also, not that Stricker is a dino but I am feeling a younger more current player for next RC. Just a hunch.

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13 hours ago, ChrisP said:

Speaking of Stricker, would he be the first ever US captain not to win a major? I know Euros have had some, but not sure about the Yanks. 

Yup he would be the first. 

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On 10/13/2018 at 4:22 AM, Vinsk said:

I think Chris DeMarco would make a good captain. 

I hadn't though of this, but DeMarco would be a great captain.  However I believe it will be Stricker and he is good choice too.

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