If anyone was “born” to be a Ryder Cup captain, it’s Davis Love III. The announcement that he would lead the U.S. team in 2012 at Medinah was made last week, but the journey to that post started nearly 47 years ago when he was born to long-time PGA of America professional and renowned teaching pro, Davis Love, Jr. Davis Love III went on to burnish his PGA of America credentials by winning it’s championship in 1997 at Winged Foot, holing the final putt on the 72nd hole under a brilliant rainbow.
Love was a fixture on Ryder Cup teams from 1993 to 2004 with a career record of 9-12-5, including 3-1-2 in singles. Love’s first Ryder Cup experience in 1993 at The Belfry (where the U.S. beat Europe 15-12) is chronicled in the first chapter of John Feinstein’s wonderful book, A Good Walk Spoiled.
The 2012 Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 28-30 at Medinah Country Club just outside Chicago.