The PGA of America is serious this time around. After another Ryder Cup loss, the eighth in the last 20 years, the organisation is done messing around. They have reportedly created an 11-person task force to try and solve the riddle that has been escaping them for years: how to win a Ryder Cup.
The task force comes not even a month after the disheartening loss at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland. After the Ryder Cup was over, Team USA shared an awkward press conference that led to many questions, including whether or not Tom Watson should have been selected as captain in the first place.
The PGA of America has really taken these questions to heart. The US task force will look at everything from qualifications to captain’s pick and even practice schedules. Heading the group as co-chairs are PGA chief executive Pete Bevacqua and PGA president to be, Derek Sprague. Paul Levy, PGA of America secretary, is also part of the team.
The remaining eight players are former captains Tom Lehman, Raymond Floyd, and Davis Love III, and Ryder Cup players Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler. One thing that immediately stands out in this group is the lack of winning experience, which really comes as no surprise considering team USA has been on the losing side for most of the last 20 years.
Lack of winning experience
But even still, Furyk and Mickleson have losing records overall, Fowler has yet to even win a match at the Ryder Cup despite some decent play and Tiger has only ever done well when paired with Steve Stricker; good thing he is on the committee.
Although the lack of winning experience is definitely a concern, it is clear that these guys are sick of losing and badly want to win. “We don’t want to just be focused on 2016, though winning in 2016 is important. We want to develop a process for the years to come,” said Sprague.
Together, the 11-man team should be able to brainstorm some good ideas. After all, the task force has 40 years of Ryder Cup presence on it. And who knows, it could be a 12-man team before you know it. Paul Azinger was asked to join the team originally, but declined to do so explaining it was too soon after the Ryder Cup. Nevertheless, he did go onto say that he has a private meeting scheduled with the PGA of America next month, so it really seems just a matter of a time before he joins up.
Time should not be a big deal for the 11-man squad with almost two years before the next Ryder Cup. American fans can only hope that a winning formula will be discovered between now and then.
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