COLUMBUS, Ohio – The PGA Tour will announce next year’s captains for the International and U.S. Presidents Cup teams on Wednesday in Ridgedale, Mo., site of this week’s Legends of Golf event.
The short list for the American side, which has won the last five matches, is said to be Jay Haas, Fred Couples and Davis Love III, although Love said on Monday at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus that he was focused on playing the 2015 matches in Korea.
“I think Freddie would be good, he’s on a roll,” said Love, who was an assistant to Couples last year.
Couples is 3-0 as a Presidents Cup captain but said after the United States beat the International side, 18 1/2 to 15 1/2, last fall that it was someone else’s turn.
Haas had a 5-3-1 record in the Presidents Cup and served as an assistant captain in 2011 and ’13.
The International choice is just as unclear. Nick Price indicated after the loss in 2013 at Muirfield Village he would be interested in having another turn and has received plenty of player support, but some have suggested K.J. Choi would be an inspired choice with the matches being playing in Korea for the first time.
Some have suggested the Tour could opt for a co-captain scenario with Price and Choi, but at 44 years old the Korean has indicated he’d rather play than captain.
When asked on Monday at the U.S. Open qualifier about the possibility of captaining the team Choi smiled, “Not yet.”
Ernie Els is also a lock for a future captaincy, but at 44 he would probably be a better pick in 2019 when the matches will be played overseas again.
It doesn’t seem likely the Tour would give Greg Norman, who led the team in 2009 and ’11, another turn and Vijay Singh, who has a 16-15-9 record in eight matches, is the right age, 50, but his ongoing lawsuit against the Tour over last year’s rescinded doping violation may preclude him from consideration.