Source: U.S. Ryder Cup task force meets for first time


The U.S. Ryder Cup task force met on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

The initial meeting of the task force has largely been a well-protected secret, but the source, who asked not to be identified, said the 11-member panel gathered, either at the PGA of America’s South Florida headquarters or via a conference call, today at 3 p.m. ET. The meeting was scheduled to last until about 7 p.m.

The task force includes PGA president Derek Sprague, CEO Pete Bevacqua, vice president Paul Levy, Raymond Floyd, Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods.

While the agenda for the meeting remains unknown, last week at the Hero World Challenge, Stricker seemed to give a general outline that has been echoed by other player representatives.

“I think just address some of the situations, some of the areas that we feel like need to be changed,” said Stricker, an assistant captain for this year’s Ryder Cup team. “There are a lot of things that are going to come up during that task force, little things that could mean a lot in the long run.”

PGA officials met with Paul Azinger last month and the 2008 captain gave an outline of the alterations he would make in an attempt to change the U.S. team’s fortunes in the matches.