Captains choice


Still not sure what kind of Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin will be, but you have to give him credit for filling his lineup with an eclectic group of assistant captains.

On Wednesday Pavin tabbed Davis Love III, Paul Goydos and Tom Lehman as his assistants for this year’s matches. We used this line following the American loss at the K Club in 2006 but it seems apropos considering his new gig. The Blarney Stone may be the only rock Lehman left undisturbed in his pursuit of an American “W” regardless of the outcome.

As for Goydos, he is one of the game’s most thoughtful and creative players. Consider this gem offered last week at Torrey Pines when he was asked if he thought commissioner Tim Finchem will retire when his contract expires at the end of the 2012 season.

“Does he want to keep doing this? If he does he’s a masochist, or a sadist. Not sure which one,” Goydos said. “He’s not paid enough to take phone calls from guys like me.”

DLIII, however, is a bit of a curious pick. The experience will help prepare Love for his own captaincy – which, someobserver say, will come as early as 2012 – and he certainly has the credentials, but at 45 years old one would think the six-time Ryder Cup player would still be holding out hope to play, not observe, this year’s matches.

There’s also the issue of timing. The Ryder Cup in Wales will be played the week before the inaugural McGladrey Classic, which Love will serve as the unofficial host and will benefit his charitable foundation.

And they call Reggie Jackson Mr. October.