LOS ANGELES – Fred Couples wanted to be the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain. But if it wasn’t going to be him, he holds no bitterness over the role going to longtime friend Davis Love III.
“I was in Chicago with Davis, he did a phenomenal job,” Couples told Golf Channel on Wednesday. “I was shooting to give myself a shot at doing that. I feel like it’s a great honor to be a part of. But again, they chose a great guy in Davis. He deserves it. In maybe a couple of years down the line, I’ll have another shot at it. I’m not bitter or upset or anything like that, because in my opinion they picked a great guy. “
Couples intimated that he was considered for the position, reiterating that he had conversations with the PGA of America less than two months ago.
“I talked to [PGA CEO] Pete Bevacqua around Christmastime,” he said. “I’m not pushing myself on anyone. He told me, ‘I’ll get back in touch with you,’ and it would be a while, because they were going to think about it. But they have a task force … trying to find the right guy.
“And to be honest with you, I will tell you that if it was maybe not Davis, I might have a different attitude toward this, but he’s been my friend for 30 years and I’m very happy for him. I have no bitterness at all. The PGA, they do their own thing and they do it very well. We just have to win the thing in Minnesota, that’s pretty much what anyone cares about.”