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Love giving players custom paddleboards

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MEDINAH, Ill. – One of the traditions of Ryder Cup week is the captain’s gift, which has ranged from china – given by U.S. captain Davis Love III to his team on Tuesday – to mountain bikes, which Tom Lehman doled out in 2006 at The K Club.

Love confirmed to GTC on Wednesday that he also had limited-edition paddleboards made for each member of this year’s team. The paddleboards were built by Hawaii-based board-maker Jimmy Lewis and feature the 2012 Ryder Cup logo.

“We had just 12 made, not 13,” smiled Love, who owns a paddleboard shop near his St. Simons Island, Ga., home.

“Zach (Johnson) is the only one that knows because we hang around a lot together and he knows me pretty well. I told him, ‘I haven’t given you anything dangerous yet. You know I’m going to have to give them something they can get hurt with.’”