Davis Love III: Key Ryder Cup stats

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Davis Love III is going to be named the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, according to Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte. Here are some key numbers as Love prepares to captain the U.S. team for a second time.

Davis Love III Career Notes:

  • Captain for 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team (U.S. lost, 14.5-13.5)
  • Six Ryder Cup appearances as a player (9-12-5 career record)
  • Second consecutive captain with previous captaincy experience (Tom Watson)
  • Others to captain U.S. multiple times: Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jackie Burke, Jack Nicklaus, Watson
  • U.S. captains are 4-3 when holding position for second time
  • Players with six or more appearances as player, multiple captaincies: Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus
  • Second U.S. captain to get a second shot after losing the first time (Burke - victorious on second attempt)
  • Love is 50 years old; will be 52 at time of 2016 Ryder Cup
  • Fifth American captain to lead U.S. twice on home soil

The United States has never lost the Ryder Cup on home soil twice in a row.

Ryder Cups Contested on U.S. Soil Since 1999
2012: Medinah CC (Loss)

2008: Valhalla GC (Win)

2004: Oakland Hills CC (Loss)

1999: The Country Club - Brookline (Win)


The United States won 22 of the first 25 Ryder Cups contested. But the U.S. is 4-11 since 1985, and just 2-8 since 1995.

United States in Ryder Cup All-Time
1927-1983: 22-3

1985-1993: 2-3

Since 1995: 2-8

Europe has won eight of the last ten Ryder Cups contested

Team Europe in Ryder Cup
1979-1983: 0-3

1985-1993: 3-2

1995-2014: 8-2

Stats courtesy of the Golf Channel research department