PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – David Toms might have been the American Ryder Cup captain in Scotland last year if the PGA of America had not radically altered its traditional path for choosing captains.
In fact, back when Tom Watson was identified as the next U.S. captain, Toms got a call from then PGA of America president Ted Bishop informing him why he wasn’t going to be the choice and why Watson was getting the job.
So, with this new American Ryder Cup template in place, where does Toms stand now?
“I don’t know,” Toms said Wednesday outside the PGA National locker room at the Honda Classic, where he’s preparing to play this week. “I wasn’t asked to be on the task force. I wasn’t called to see if I wanted to be on it.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be captain this last time, but as far as moving forward, I really haven’t heard much. It looks kind of like to me that maybe I don’t get that chance.”
Toms, 48, hopes that isn’t the case. He would love to be considered for a future captaincy. As a 13-time PGA Tour winner, and as a PGA Championship winner, Toms fits the mold of American captains of old. He was 4-6-2 playing on three American teams (2002, ’04 and ’06).
With the new American template featuring four vice captains, two as potential future captains, Toms would love to be considered for that mix.
“I’d like to be able to see things from the inside,” Toms said. “I’ve been on a few teams, and I’ve had different captains, and I think I could bring something to that process, if asked. I would certainly like to be part of it, if asked.”
Toms likes the plan for linking captaincies, for bringing past captains and future captains together under a current captain.
“That’s probably the best thing they are doing,” Toms said.
Toms suspects there is a daunting element to being named a captain six to 10 years after last playing on a team and never having been a vice captain.
“I think the way they are going now is the best way to go, whether I get the opportunity or not,” Toms said. “It’s a good idea. You would learn a lot and see what the captain goes through, not only Ryder Cup week, but everything leading up to it, from selection of players and picks. I think it would be neat to see it.”