Captain's Blog: It's been busy
Leading up to the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will periodically check in with PGA.com to talk about the various things going on in his life on the course, off the course and in his Ryder Cup preparations. This is the third installment of Love's 'Captain's Blog,' as told to PGA.com's T.J. Auclair.
By Davis Love III
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain
NORTON, Mass. -- It's a busy, but great time of year for me. Right now, we're in the countdown days to the McGladrey Classic back home in Sea Island, Ga., where I'm the tournament chairman.
We're still trying to round up a few more sponsors and we're putting all the pieces together. Now we're starting to spend money and build things. The course is in great shape and we're excited about that.
Unfortunately, the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup are over. I made it through two weeks, but wasn't able to make it through to the BMW Championship. It's a little frustrating, because I've played better than I've scored all year, so whatever is left for the rest of the year, I'm looking forward to trying to have one good finish. A few years ago I won at Disney, which was the last event of the Fall Finish and got into Kapalua, so hopefully I can do that again.
On the Ryder Cup front, there's been a steady flow of decisions to be made. My wife, Robin, made a trip to Chicago recently and I have two coming up, including the year-out celebration Sept. 26-27. That should be a lot of fun.
The reality is setting in for sure, that I'm Ryder Cup captain. The reality that I thought it would be all busy next year and this year wouldn't be that big a deal, I think I misjudged that. This year has been busy making decisions and then next year might actually be easier than I thought. It will mostly be watching golf.
On our end, early decisions like ordering clothes, ordering gifts, things like that - they need to get done this year, or by the first of next year. I'd say we're right on schedule with all our decisions. It's a little bit of work, but it's fun stuff. We're buying things, so it's fun - buying clothes and picking things out.
I'm excited about all the young players that have been playing so well. Before Keegan Bradley had that great win in the PGA Championship, if you leave out the majors, the Americans are playing great golf week in and week out. Every time I look at the board, it's a lot of American guys playing really well and a lot of young, new guys. I think it's great. It's pushing the Furyks and the Mickelsons and the Woods for their spots on the Ryder Cup team. We want some guys that are excited and fresh like last year with Rickie Fowler, Jeff Overton and Dustin Johnson. We might have a lot of sophomores, so to speak, on the 2012 team and a bunch of new guys.
The Presidents Cup is right around the corner and I can't wait to watch that. It'll be good to see some of the younger guys competing in their first team competition. I had been contemplating whether I should go down there to Australia to watch, but I've watched so many of these guys play so much this year that watching them at the competition and getting in the way probably isn't the right thing to do. There's a huge list of young guys I'll be watching, starting with Keegan Bradley, who came out and won the PGA.
There are a ton of guys playing good and a ton of guys from the Midwest and Chicago area that will be jacked up about the chance of playing at Medinah. Guys like D.A. Points and Mark Wilson, Jerry Kelly, Stricker, obviously. There are a lot of guys who want to make that team, so it's going to be exciting. What I'm telling them is, don't think about it too much. Let's just play and everybody try to make the team. Try to win tournaments and you'll make the team.
It's funny. So many people keep asking me, "So, Davis, are you going to take some time off next year and get ready for the Ryder Cup?"
My answer is, "Well, no. I might actually play more. When I play, I get to play with the guys who are going to be on the team."
I just played four rounds the last two weeks with Stewart Cink and that's one of my guys. I need to know more about his game and more about how he ticks. I've played with, again, Keegan on down. I don't think there are any of those guys who I haven't played with this year.
Next year, I need to play a lot to keep that going. Fred Couples is talking about playing maybe a Fall event so he can watch potential Presidents Cup guys play and be there on the golf course with them.
I'm lucky. One, I'm lucky to be the captain and two, I'm lucky that I'm still playing. That gives me flexibility with my assistant captains too. I can pick a guy who maybe isn't on the Tour. Corey Pavin had to get some guys like me, who maybe were friends, but maybe not best friends of his, that were out on Tour week in and week out and saw the guys play. Myself and Paul Goydos were doing that. I think that really helped Corey out because we knew the players.
While the Ryder Cup is still a little over a year away, I can definitely feel that it's approaching quickly.