DORAL, Fla. – The PGA of America created a task force, moving heaven and earth to bring together the U.S. side’s best and brightest to find answers for the red, white and biennial blues.
One of the central themes the task force unveiled last week was a legacy program for Ryder Cup captains – future captains will be groomed as assistants and past captains will serve as mentors to tomorrow’s leaders.
It was telling, however, that as U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas unveiled his second assistant captain on Wednesday at Doral that all that task force talking led the PGA to what has happened organically at the Presidents Cup for years.
Haas named Davis Love III an assistant for this year’s matches in South Korea. He’ll join Fred Couples on the sidelines to create the flawless ascension plan the U.S. Ryder Cup team hopes to establish.
Love was an assistant two years ago at Muirfield Village, which the U.S. team won by three points. He has been tabbed by many as a future Presidents Cup captain, an inevitability that likely won’t be impacted by his second turn as a Ryder Cup captain next year.
In 2013, Haas also was an assistant for Couples, who is a perfect 3-0 as a Presidents Cup captain, and he’s served that role on all three of Freddie’s victories.
No one had to tell Couples to make Haas and Love assistants, just as Haas didn’t need any reminders that Couples and Love would be good to have along when the U.S. takes the game to Asia later this year. It just happened naturally without a task force or an outline.
See line, create legacy, repeat.