2016 Ryder Cup Captains Chosen

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Davis & Dru Love after winning 2012 Father Son

A week after Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke was announced as Europe’s captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine,  Davis Love III (pictured above with son Dru after winning 2012 Father Son tournament in Orlando) has been named United States captain for the upcoming event in Minnesota.

Love, 50, led the United States team beaten by a stunning Europe comeback in the ‘Miracle of Medinah’ of 2012.

“”I am thrilled to be the Team USA Captain and represent our country as we work to win back the Ryder Cup,” said Love. “I am here with the same goal as in 2012 but not as the same captain.”

Love is just the eighth man to captain the US Ryder Cup team on multiple occasions, joining 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).

Nigel Worrall & Darren Clarke

Europe, who defeated the US 16½-11½ at Gleneagles to retain the cup last autumn, named Darren Clarke (pictured above with yours truly) as skipper for 2016 last week.

A five-man panel selected the 46-year-old ahead of Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. Clarke has won the tournament four times as a player and was a non-playing vice-captain for the wins in 2010 and 2012.

Clarke said: “The Ryder Cup has been a massive part of my life and my career, so to have the chance to lead Europe next year is a huge honour.”

The 2016 Ryder Cup takes place from 30 September to 2 October 2016

Last Five Ryder Cups:

2014 – Europe won 16½ – 11½
2012 – Europe won 14½ – 13½
2010 – Europe won 14½ – 13½
2008 – United States won 16½ – 11½
2006 – Europe won 18½- 9½


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