Love appointed captain again, this time for Presidents Cup
Davis Love III returns to where he was born for a job he knows as well as anyone.
The PGA Tour has selected Love as the U.S. captain for the 2022 Presidents Cup at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trevor Immelman from South Africa was previously elected international team captain.
It's the third time Love has captained a US team in the last 10 years. He was captain when Europe recovered from a 10-6 deficit to beat the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, and he was the Ryder Cup captain for a rare US win four years later at Hazeltine.
He was also deputy captain of the Ryder Cup under Corey Pavin in 2010 and Jim Furyk in 2018, and is on staff with Steve Stricker this year. In 2013 he was assistant to Fred Couples in the Presidents Cup, 2015 to Jay Haas and 2017 to Stricker. There is no lack of experience.
"My history with this 1994 event brings indelible memories of competition, camaraderie and athleticism. I am delighted to be bringing the best American players to the Quail Hollow Club this September," said Love.
Love was born in Charlotte, although his family moved to the Atlanta area later that year. He played golf in North Carolina. Quail Hollow, which once held the old Kemper Open before moving to Washington, has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003. Justin Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship in Quail Hollow and plans to host the PGA Championship again in 2025.
The Presidents Cup was supposed to be played this year until the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Ryder Cup to be postponed for a year to this September. The Americans have won the Presidents Cup for the last eight times, most recently at Royal Melbourne in 2019 with Tiger Woods playing captain. He decided not to become a captain again.
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Phil Mickelson has high hopes for the New Year even though he turned 50 last June and ended up outside the top 50 of the PGA Tour money list for the first time in his long career. He even talked about playing in the Ryder Cup for the 13th time in a row.
Mickelson also left the door open.
"But if I don't play well early on, I'll start reevaluating things and maybe play a few more events on the Champions Tour," he told The American Express the night before. "Because I enjoy competing, fighting and trying to win tournaments."
Mickelson won both times when he played for the PGA Tour Champions last year.
He didn't stand a great chance at The American Express. Mickelson made 18 pars on Friday - the first time in his career that he had done this - and missed the cut by six beats.
Next up is the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines, his hometown of San Diego, a tournament he has played but one in every year. Mickelson is not a fan of what Rees Jones did to the South Course to prepare it for the 2008 US Open. He has completed 72 holes only three of his last eight appearances.
The missed cut didn't affect his prospects.
"There's a lot of good things to take, the way I drive the ball, my iron game," he said. "There are a lot of positives. However, if you look at the scorecard, it's pathetic. I don't deny that. But I think it's a little closer than it looks."
It remains to be decided whether Mickelson will return to the US Open in June. He said last year, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the USGA to abandon qualifying, that if he did not qualify, he would not accept a special invitation. He is currently not exempt.
THE IMPORTANT FORMULA
Tommy Fleetwood is still trying to figure out how best to prepare for the majors and he will be trying something new this year.
Fleetwood finished second at the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills after closing with a 63, and he finished second with Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush (with six strokes) at the 2019 British Open. He also played in the final group with Brooks Koepka in 2017 at Erin Hills, finishing fourth, five strokes behind Koepka.
"I try to have a week off before each major and then play the week before that," Fleetwood said in Abu Dhabi last week. "I think that's a good start to events for me. I think it's a little different when I work backwards on the schedule that way."
That would mean playing the Dell Match Play and starting the Texas Open before the Masters. the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks before the PGA Championship and either the Porsche European Open or the Memorial two weeks before the US Open. And then he plans to play the Irish Open and skip the Scottish Open before the British Open.
He was runner-up in the Renaissance Club last year. On the other hand, he skipped the Scottish Open in 2019 before finishing second at Portrush.
"There are so many great events, especially in the summer," he said. "But there are great events around every major and you always have to choose between playing some and missing out and doing what you think you want to do."
Jessica Korda's win at the start of the LPGA Tour put her in 17th place in the world, the fifth American in the top 20. ... Si Woo Kim has three wins, two of them on Pete Dye courses (TPC Sawgrass and PGA West). . ... Tony Finau has achieved 35 top 10 placements on the PGA Tour since the start of the 2016/17 season without winning. The next best is 16 Top 10 by Tommy Fleetwood, Byeong Hun An and Kevin Streelman. ... Kim became the third player that season to finish at 64 to win the PGA Tour. The others were Jason Kokrak at the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek and Brian Gay at the Bermuda Championship.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Rory McIlroy has started a new year with a top 5 result in 12 of his 14 seasons without ever winning.
"Because they are giving away a lot of money for the 20th." - Kevin Kisner, why he plays tournaments on courses that he doesn't think he can win.
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