It seems the European Tour felt that when it came to choosing Ryder Cup captains, there were too many cooks in the proverbial kitchen.
After a 15-man tournament committee chose Paul McGinley earlier this year to head the European squad at the 2014 matches, the tour announced Friday that it will switch to a five-man committee to decide who will lead the team in 2016 and beyond.
The new selection committee will be headed by the three previous European captains – when choosing the 2016 chief, that group will include McGinley, 2012 captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie, who led the squad to victory in 2010 at Celtic Manor. Additionally, the chief executive of the European Tour will have a voice, as will one single representative from the aforementioned tournament committee, to be decided at a later date.
The changes were reportedly decided upon at the last tournament committee meeting, held during the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open last month, and consequently ratified by the board of Ryder Cup Europe.
Since 1999, a 15-man panel was used to determine European Ryder Cup captains, a process that resulted in significant lobbying for specific candidates in advance of the 2014 nomination, when McGinley was chosen over Montgomerie and Darren Clarke to lead the squad at Gleneagles.
The 2016 matches will be held at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn., which most recently hosted the PGA Championship in both 2002 and 2009. According to the report, the timing and venue of the 2016 captaincy announcement will be determined by Ryder Cup Europe and announced in early 2015.