Love to captain, Lehman to assist U.S. in 2016 RC


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Davis Love III will implement a grand new design.

Love was deemed the man best equipped at executing a new American template for winning Ryder Cups, and that’s why on Tuesday the PGA of America officially named him to captain the United States when it hosts host the Europeans at Hazeltine next year. Love will have four vice captains as part of this new model, with Tom Lehman named as the first of them.

“[The Task Force] was created to examine the entire Ryder Cup process,” PGA president Derek Sprague said in a news conference from his organization’s headquarters. “This 11‑member group looked at everything Ryder Cup, from identifying the next Ryder Cup captain and discussing the vice captain strategy, to Team USA's selection process and creating the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee, to help guide us and deliver continuity moving forward.”

Love will be conduit of all that planning.

“It's a new business model, a new team building model, that comes from being given an opportunity by the PGA of America to come together and use all of our veteran experience to build a new team culture and consistent plan for the future,” Love said.

Love was captain of the American team that was victim to Europe’s historic come-from-behind victory at Medinah in 2012, when the Americans lost a commanding 10-4 lead late on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m here with the same goals, but a different captain,” Love said. “I’ve got a lot more people behind me. I’ve got people in my corner.”

The new American Ryder Cup model will call for two of the four vice captains to be former captains with two potential future captains also in the mix. While Lehman was named Tuesday, the other three will be named at a future date.