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Davis Love III will lead Team USA for the second time in 2016.

Davis Love III named U.S. Ryder Cup Captain

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.  – PGA of America President and U.S. Ryder Cup Task Force Co-Chair Derek Sprague announced today that Davis Love III has been named as the Ryder Cup Captain to guide Team USA in the 41st Ryder Cup, Sept. 27– Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Love was the unanimous recommendation of the Ryder Cup Task Force.

Love, who served as U.S. Captain in 2012, becomes the eighth American to guide multiple Ryder Cup Teams. With recommendations from the Ryder Cup Task Force, the PGA also announced changes to the Captain’s selection process, along with the qualifying system for U.S. players and new leadership for future Ryder Cups. The Ryder Cup Task Force has been dissolved, with a newly-designated PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee responsible for identifying future Captains and Vice-Captains and consulting on a wide array of matters related to the Ryder Cup.

“Today marks a new era in U.S. Ryder Cup history, and we could not be more pleased that Davis Love III will be our Captain,” said Sprague. “Davis brings a unique perspective and experience of having served as Captain, Vice-Captain and as a key player on six Ryder Cup Teams. Davis, who has the utmost respect of his peers, will bring his vast Ryder Cup knowledge to lead Team USA in 2016.

“Our sincere thanks to the members of the Ryder Cup Task Force for their commitment to drive change that we all believe will result in a better process for Team USA going forward.”

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Love, 50, is the 28th person to serve as U.S. Captain since the Ryder Cup began in 1927.

“I am thrilled to be the Team USA Captain and represent our country as we work to win back the Ryder Cup,” said Love. “It is a great honor to be in the position to help build the Team, but our mission doesn’t end there. What we accomplish in 2016 at Hazeltine must serve as the foundation for future USA Ryder Cup Teams. As the son of a PGA Professional and representing all PGA members, I am very proud to accept this responsibility and eager to get started."

In addition, Love named former Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman to serve as one of his Vice-Captains. Lehman, the 2006 U.S. Captain, was a member of three Ryder Cup Teams. 

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“I am very pleased that Tom Lehman has accepted to serve as a Vice-Captain, bringing his outstanding experience and the respect of all players to our next Team,” said Love. “Tom has been a trusted friend who I can call upon to provide valuable advice as we go about preparing Team USA.”

The members of the U.S. Ryder Cup Task Force were co-chairs Sprague and PGA Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua; PGA Vice President Paul Levy, Raymond Floyd, Tom Lehman, Love, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods.

The newly-designated, six-member PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee includes the current PGA of America President (Sprague), PGA Vice President (Levy) and CEO (Bevacqua); Ryder Cup Captain (Love); and Ryder Cup players Mickelson and Woods.

“I want to congratulate Davis on his selection,” Woods said in a statement. "I have great respect for him as a person, player and captain. I know he’ll do an outstanding job leading the 2016 US Team. I’m proud of what the Task Force accomplished, making substantive changes in the Captain's selection process and qualifying system. It’s also an honor to be on the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee, helping select future Captain’s, Vice Captain’s and other duties. We are all fully committed to winning back the Cup in 2016 and beyond.”

The Ryder Cup Task Force announced the following changes in connection with the process to assemble U.S. Ryder Cup Teams:

Vice-Captains – Team USA will feature four Vice-Captains, composed of two former U.S. Ryder Cup Captains and two additional individuals with extensive Ryder Cup experience.

Points System – All U.S. players will earn points based upon the following criteria starting in 2015 and concluding Aug. 28, 2016.

-2015 Major Championships (1 Point per $1,000 earned)

The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship

-2015 WGC Events and The Players Championship (1 Point per $2,000 earned) 

WGC Cadillac Championship, WGC Match Play Championship, The Players Championship, WGC Bridgestone Invitational, WGC HSBC Champions 

-2016 Regular PGA TOUR Events (1 point per $1,000 earned)

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, through and including the Barclays on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

-2016 Opposite Field PGA TOUR Events will not receive any points 

-2016 Major Championships (2 points per $1,000 earned)

The Top Eight – Eight of the 12 members of the U.S. Team will be named on points earned following the conclusion of The Barclays, which is scheduled to conclude Sunday Aug. 28, 2016. This new timetable gives two additional weeks for players to earn Ryder Cup qualifying points. 

Captain’s Picks – Three of the four Captain’s Picks will be announced after the conclusion of the BMW Championship, which is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. The final Captain’s pick will take place Sunday evening after the TOUR Championship, Sept. 25, 2016. This new timetable also is pushed back two weeks.

The Ryder Cup
Begun in 1927, the Ryder Cup was conceived by enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder, who commissioned the casting of a gold trophy that bears his name. The United States claimed the inaugural competition, 9½ to 2½ over Great Britain. Since then, except for a span (1939-45) during World War II and following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks upon America, the Ryder Cup has been contested biennially with the U.S. and Europe alternating as host. In 1979, Continental Europe joined the Ryder Cup. The U.S. owns a 25-13-2 overall record. Since 1985, Europe is 10-4-1 in golf’s pre-eminent event. The Ryder Cup will be televised by Golf Channel and NBC.