Yup! JD says he wants to be Ryder Cup captain one day according to CBSSports.com.
The U.S. squad had already named their captain for the 2016 Cup at Hazeltine. Davis Love III, who led the 2012 team at Medinah who famously collapsed after looking like they had it in the bag, was once again named the captain.
And that was a strong team at Medinah that featured Bubba Watson who was fresh off his first Masters victory, Webb Simpson who had won the 2012 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Keegan Bradley who was fresh removed from a PGA Championship in 2011 among others.
But John Daly feels that the guys on the U.S. team need a little fun and comfort during Ryder Cup week.
“Hopefully I would one day be a captain, it would be fun,” said JD according to CBSSports.com. “I don’t know if I fit the mold. I don’t know if I fit what the PGA of America would want. All I know is my team, if I was a captain, we’d have a blast. I’d make sure they had a blast. You don’t want to wear a tie, don’t wear a tie. Have fun. It’s supposed to be fun.”
Keep in mind too, surprisingly, even after winning two major titles (The 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick and the famous 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews), he has never been on a Ryder Cup team. That might ultimately hurt his chances if he was really that interested in leading the U.S. squad.
Most Ryder Cup captains have had Ryder Cup experience before as a player. JD hasn’t although he probably should have been in at least one.
When you win two major titles, it’s tough to miss a Ryder Cup team.
But I think JD would be a very interesting captain. I think he would definitely keep guys loose and relaxed before the rounds as long as they aren’t wasted before each one.
But one thing I always liked about JD is how cool he is with people. Yes, he’s had some off the course issues but every time he does interviews and such, he’s always quite friendly.
He’s also not cocky or a “Me, I, Me” guy. Very rarely do you hear him brag about his major championships and according to his former caddie in an article, he’s not a guy who’s going to say things like “I’m owning this place” or things like that.
I think he would be a fun captain and would have the guys out there having fun instead of being all business. I think that’s one thing that makes the European squad so successful. They seem to have a lot of fun out there.
Because at the end of the day it’s a game and I think JD gets it.
Another guy I think would be a great captain is Fred Couples. He’s arguably one of the most popular guys in golf history in terms of his personality, character, golf swing, etc.
Like JD, I think Freddie would make sure the guys go out there and have fun because that’s the type of guy Freddie is. A pure combination of laid back and fun and I think he would make the guys feel very comfortable.
This, I think is a reason why he’s done so well as a President’s Cup captain.
I think with JD or Freddie, you couldn’t really go wrong with either of these guys. With that being said, I think Davis Love III is a heck of a captain and will do another great job again at Hazeltine next Fall.
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