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Love had said he wouldn’t change anything about the week except the outcome, though he did not want to return as captain _ at least not for 2014.
“I can guarantee you it won’t be me,” Love said about the next captain.
Paul Azinger was captain of the only U.S. team to win the Ryder Cup in the last 13 years, using a unique system of “pods” in which players were broken into groups of four. There was talk that he should take the U.S. team over to Scotland, though Azinger said in a text message to The Associated Press he had not been in touch with the PGA of America.
Watson told reporters in Australia he had not been back to the Ryder Cup since those `93 matches at The Belfry.
“I’d like to go back as captain,” Watson said. “That would be cool.”
But it might not be ideal for America’s most famous player _ Woods _ who has a frosty relationship with Watson, even though both are Stanford alumni. Watson was highly critical in the aftermath of Woods‘ personal life crisis, saying he needed to show more humility and fewer tantrums.
“I think he needs to clean up his act and show the respect for the game that other people before him have shown,” Watson said in early 2010.
The selection could have ramifications in Europe, too. Watson is so highly regarded in Scotland _ in all of Europe, for that matter _ that Europe might want to counter with a popular captain of its own. Darren Clarke, who won the British Open last year for his first major and is a man of the people, is under consideration with Paul McGinley. Europe is not expected to announce its captain until January at the earliest.
“Obviously if Tom does get it he is one of the legends of the game and I am sure he would be a fantastic captain not just to the team but to all aspects of the Ryder Cup,” Clarke said Wednesday at the Australian PGA. “The man is a huge name in the world of golf and rightly so, I think he would make a fantastic captain for America.”
Sports Writer Dennis Passa in Coolum, Australia, contributed to this report.
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