Well knock me over with a feather. Davis Love III has been formally announced as the 2012 US Ryder Cup captain. He was a vice-captain for the 2010 Ryder Cup team and rumors that he would be the choice for 2012 started even before the Ryder Cup was over.
Love referenced the fact that his selection as captain wasn’t exactly kept under wraps. Immediately after being introduced, he joked about how secret the selection process had been and asked if everybody could wait for a minute while he tweeted the news.
Love also seems to like his chances of bringing home the Ryder Cup trophy on US soil:
I don’t think we could ask for a better home field advantage than Chicago and Medinah Country Club
The conference wasn’t all smiles and laughs though. When asked about the significance of being selected as captain by the PGA of America given the fact that his father was known as the consumate PGA professional, a teary eyed Love discussed what an honor it was to first win the PGA Championship as the son of a PGA professional and then be selected as a Ryder Cup captain:
Winning the PGA Championship was a thrill and as I’ve told Julius Mason several times, I’ll go in and sit down at the press table and realizing I’m the son of a PGA member. Now to be named Ryder Cup Captain is a thrill that I never thought I would have (tearing up).
I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled to represent The PGA of America. Thrilled to represent all of the men and women PGA Professionals. As we have said a lot of times, there’s not a TOUR player out there that plays one TOUR event or plays six Ryder Cups that doesn’t have a PGA professional that led them to that position. So I thank all of the PGA Professionals, including my dad. Thank you for that.
I also have to give credit to Peter Kessler for asking the best question of the news conference:
Everybody wants the captain to be sort of a combination of Bob Hope and Lee Trevino and George Patton. I said, “Not to worry, you’ve got him.” Can you please confirm?
Now that we officially know the captains will be Olazabal and Love, we get to spend the next year and a half guessing who will be on the teams. Only 617 days left until the start of the Ryder Cup!