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Davis Love III is the obvious choice for the 2012 captaincy.
Love has competed in six Ryder Cup matches, and is a former major champion.
Love was also one of Corey Pavin’s assistant captains last week at Celtic Manor, which most viewed as a grooming activity for his own captaincy in 2012.
There’s nothing wrong with Davis Love III, and he will undoubtedly make a great captain one day, but why is there such an insatiable need to go down the safe route and select the obvious choice?
As mentioned previously, America has won just four out of the last 12 Ryder Cup matches.
So why not mix things up a bit?
The American’s 2008 victory at Valhalla was vitally important not only for the American side, but also for the Ryder Cup competition in general. At the time, Europe was on the brink of transforming this bi-annual competition into a traditional thrashing. No one is interested in a sporting event where the outcome is all but decided before the first shot is even struck.
With America’s victory in 2008, they demonstrated that the outcome of the Ryder Cup is no longer a forgone conclusion, as it more or less had been since 1999.
The 2012 matches are important extremely important for the American side for two reasons:
1. A second consecutive win on U.S. soil will reestablish some form of home-field advantage.
2. A second win in three matches will prove that the 2008 win at Valhalla was no fluke.
The smart money is on Love for 2012 captaincy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s the best choice at this particular time.