Los Angeles: Former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, one of the most respected figures in the game, was appointed United States captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup by the PGA of America.
The 46-year-old American, a veteran of six Ryder Cups as a player, will lead the US team at the 39th edition of the biennial competition, to be held at Medinah Country Club in Medinah near Chicago.
Love, who won his only major title in the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot, has long expressed his desire to captain his country against Europe.
"I am thrilled and honoured," an emotional Love told a news conference at Medinah Country Club. "It (the 2012 Ryder Cup) is a long, long away but we (Love and his wife Robin) have been talking about this for a long time."
Asked to describe his leadership style, Love replied: "I`m a players` captain, if you can term it that way.
"I`m going to try to give them what they need to be successful. I`m not going to tell the best players in the world how to play golf. I`m not going to read their putts.”
"I`m going to stay out of their way and let them show their talents. I think a good leader knows he`s got a great team and just gets them prepared, let`s them go play."
Love was one of four vice-captains to Corey Pavin in October when Europe won back the Ryder Cup by a single point at Celtic Manor in Wales and he is held in high esteem by his peers on the PGA Tour.
"To make one Ryder Cup team would make your career," Love said. "To make a few of them is a blessing. And to get to be an assistant captain was one of the highlights of my career, to be a part of the team from the inside and watch the players play.”
"It is going to be an even bigger thrill for us to lead a team, to watch our team, the United States team, try to win the Ryder Cup back here in Medinah."