Ryder Cup frenzy finds Love at Deutsche Bank
NORTON, Mass. – When Davis Love III walked off the golf course on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, it was not to face questions about his game. Instead, Love answered inquiries about the Ryder Cup.
As one of Corey Pavin’s assistant captains, Love is off to New York to meet with Pavin and the three other assistants to make the final wild-card selections, which will be announced in a news conference at 10:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday from the New York Stock Exchange.
Love, who has been a member of numerous Ryder and Presidents Cup teams, made it clear that he has some advice to give on who gets picked.
“I’ve been saying you’ve got to pick guys that are putting well and can handle those weather conditions and the pressure of playing over there,” Love said of his strategy. “Corey pointed out we need to also figure out how they match up. Once you pick them, you’ve got to pair them with somebody.”
Love didn’t discount Pavin’s point but feels strongly that it’s important to pick guys who are playing and putting well right now. Love said high finishes shouldn’t guarantee a spot on the team, especially if that player’s putter isn’t working.
“It seems like we’ve lost Ryder Cups because we’ve gotten in real putting slumps,” Love said. “Especially at Valderrama (1997), we putted really poorly; Brookline (1999), we putted poorly until the last day. I think that’s what we need to pick – guys that can putt under pressure.”
Love specifically mentioned Tiger Woods and Zach Johnson when outlining what type of players fit the mold he envisions for a captain’s pick. He also confirmed that Justin Leonard was not on the original list of 14 players that Pavin put together after the PGA Championship, but is now.
“We’ve talked about eight or 10, at least,” Love said of his conversations with Pavin.