New Ryder Cup Rules: The AGS Blog

2016 Ryder CupThe Ryder Cup task force has spoken, with a new (old) Captain and some new qualifications

Davis Love III, the Captain of the losing 2012 US team at Medinah is back and learning from his mistakes.  The new rules call for four Vice Captains, two of whom will be former Ryder Cup Captains, welcome to Tom Lehman and two will be either future Captains and/or current players.

There is a new qualifying criteria for players making the team, with more emphasis being placed on 2016 and on the tournaments leading up to next year’s event. The Captain’s picks will come later in the process.

In many circles, the remarks made by Phil Mickelson, at the press conference following last year’s loss in Wales are being widely credited for being the impetus for these changes.  I think Phil’s comments helped, but to me, the credit for these changes should go to former PGA of America President Ted Bishop and to 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson.  Bishop’s lack of communication when it came to making the choice of Watson, and Tom’s lack of communication during the event lead to the eventual American defeat and these changes.  Think about it, what would have changed had we won, nothing.  The thing is, the dye was cast from the start, that team didn’t have a chance of winning, which brings me to this point, it’ll be curious to see the reaction from all concerned should the USA team NOT win at Hazeltine in 2016.  They say, today, this is about building a format for the next ten Ryder Cups, we’ll see.

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