Greensboro - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love will play in the
2016 event if he claims a top-three qualifying spot, he said after he stormed
to victory in the Wyndham Championship on Sunday and became the oldest living
winner on the PGA Tour.
"I would play (in the Ryder Cup) if I was in the top two or three
(qualifiers)," the 51-year-old told a small group of reporters after he
showed that he can still match it with the young guys when his putting is on
He said the new US Ryder Cup regime, appointed in the wake of a review that
studied the reasons for last year's loss, made the role of the captain less
"We've got it covered. (Tom Lehman), he's not just an assistant
Love previously captained the American team that was beaten in 2012 when
Europe pulled off an unlikely final-day comeback.
The 21-times PGA Tour winner also has played on six teams, with a record of
nine wins, 12 losses and five halves.
Love, who is healthy again after foot and spinal fusion surgery, said he was
not so sure if he would play if he only scraped into the team as one of the
"If I was scraping in, I don't know. I think Tiger (Woods) will be real
honest (about the merits of playing or otherwise)."
One thing Love will try to clarify with the PGA of America is whether he
will receive an extra captain's pick if he qualifies but decides to not play,
or whether the ninth-ranked player would automatically take his spot.
The US team will be comprised of eight players taken off a points list
that will largely be decided by results on the PGA Tour next year, with the
captain selecting four others.
The Ryder Cup next year will be held at Hazeltine in Minnesota from Sept.