The U.S. Ryder Cup committee will have a conference call Tuesday to discuss the future of the team, including the 2018 captain. One name that is expected to emerge as a potential captain: Fred Couples.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and three PGA of America officials will be on the call. Among the names that are expected to be discussed are Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Couples.
Furyk and Stricker were assistant captains at Hazeltine. After years of one-off captains, the committee now emphasizes continuity and a succession plan.
Couples has already been named an assistant for the 2017 Presidents Cup.
Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported Tuesday that a member of the committee said of Couples: “Anything is possible, but given the plan of continuity from year to year, not having been an assistant captain this past year would be an inconsistency. But having three President Cup captaincies and multiple (Ryder Cup) vice captaincies and his close relationship to Davis, he’d be a great alternative if Furyk or Tiger don’t make the team as players.”
Love, who led the U.S. to a 17-11 victory, told Rosaforte: “Our new system of experienced assistants and the Ryder Cup committee gives me confidence that anyone we choose will have the tools to be successful, so that opens up the list to more than in the past. It just has to be someone that the players trust and have confidence in.”
Furyk, 46, missed the first four months of the season but tied for second at the U.S. Open, shot 58 and was under consideration for a captain’s pick for this year’s matches. He said recently that “if they decide that I’m the right person, I would love to have that job. I think everyone would.”
Thomas Bjorn was named the 2018 European captain on Tuesday.