Miller to return as U.S. Walker Cup captain in 2017

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Spider Miller will get another shot to captain the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2017, even after the Americans suffered their worst-ever loss in the biennial event. 

The USGA followed tradition and tabbed Miller, 64, for a second assignment at Los Angeles Country Club. The U.S. team is coming off a seven-point loss to Great Britain and Ireland at Royal Lytham in September, but the Americans haven’t lost on home soil since 2003. 

“I am indeed humbled and honored to have the opportunity to captain another group of such fine players and countrymen,” Miller said in a release.

Most interesting going forward will be whether the USGA considers any changes to the selection process following such a thorough defeat. For the past two Walker Cups, the USGA has required that at least two mid-amateurs (25 and older) make the 10-man roster. Those mid-ams have gone 3-8 over the past two competitions. 

As captain, Miller took a players-first approach and allowed his charges to pick not only their partners but also their positions in the lineup.

“That’s the way I manage my company,” Miller, a beer distributor in Bloomington, Ind., said a few months ago. “From my years of experience in managing people, they tend to respond more to responsibility and thrive on it. I wouldn’t change that for a minute.”