Love named as 2016 US Ryder Cup captain

Former US PGA champion Davis Love III has joined an elite group following his naming as captain of the United States for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

Now 50, Love, was at the helm of the US team that capitulated to a rampaging European side at Medinah when they were walloped in the final-day singles before losing the Cup in 2012.

Davis Love III Davis Love III (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Only seven Americans before Love have captained the US team on more than one occasion.

And that list reads like a who’s who of the game and clearly demonstrates the respect that Love commands in the US.

The previous seven repeat captains were Walter Hagen (1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937), Sam Snead (1951, 1959, 1969), Ben Hogan (1947, 1949, 1967), Arnold Palmer (1963, 1975), Jack Burke Jr (1957, 1973), Jack Nicklaus (1983, 1987) and Tom Watson (1993, 2014).

Love knows the challenge that awaits him.

“I’m here with the same goal as in 2012 but not as the same captain,” he said at the press conference to announce his new role.

“I am thrilled to be the Team USA captain and represent our country as we work to win back the Ryder Cup.

“It is a great honour to be in the position to help build the team, but our mission doesn’t end there.

“What we accomplish in 2016 at Hazeltine must serve as the foundation for future US Ryder Cup teams.”

Love’s first duty was to announce another one-time major winner, 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman would serve as one of his vice-captains.

Love was part of an 11-man task force set up to look into all aspects of the United States’ approach to the Ryder Cup after they suffered an eighth defeat in the last 10 contests, in Scotland last year.