ORLANDO, Fla. – Following the announcement of Tom Watson as the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III was among those who voiced their support for the PGA of America’s decision.
“I think Ted (Bishop, the association’s president) knew all along that I would have been better at home and Tom would be the right guy for Scotland,” said the former U.S. captain, who is playing with his son, Dru, in the PNC Father/Son Challenge this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.
Love said Watson’s leadership, passion and confidence will be important as the Ryder Cup travels back across the pond two years from now. Watson is a five-time British Open champion, with four of his victories coming in Scotland. So if there’s a place where he feels comfortable winning big events, Scotland is it.
“I think Tom certainly tilts it back more toward our favor when you go over there,” said Love, who captained the U.S. team this year at Medinah. The Americans have now lost five of the past six Ryder Cups.
Love played for Watson’s U.S. side in the 1993 Ryder Cup. That was Love’s first Ryder Cup experience, as the Americans defeated the Europeans 15-13 at The Belfry in Wishaw, England. Love went 2-2 that year, and he said he would welcome a shot to play for Watson again.
“The more I think about it, the more excited I get. . . . It makes me want to make the team, because I had so much fun with him in ’93,” Love said. “I would love to do it again.”
At 48 years old, Love is no longer a typical Ryder Cup player. And at No. 150 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he would be rated as a longshot to make the team.
Watson’s selection as captain has been deemed somewhat of an outside-the-box pick. Love’s returning to the American lineup in two years would be a much bigger surprise. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible, and Love says he’s willing to start the process of making the team again.
“I’ve got to start out every year with a goal,” Love said. “I want to get back and work my way toward the top, and that’s a good way to do so.
“Certainly it would be awfully nice at 50 to be on another Ryder Cup team.”