David Love tipped to become 2012 US Ryder Cup captain

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 10:33 AM IST

Los Angeles: Former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III is widely expected to be 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, has long expressed his desire to lead the US team in the biennial competition against Europe.

Love was one of four vice-captains to Corey Pavin in October when Europe reclaimed the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor by a single point in Wales and is held in high esteem by his peers on the PGA Tour.

The PGA of America will officially announce the 2012 US Ryder Cup captain from 10 a.m. CST (1600 GMT) on a conference call at Medinah Country Club in Medinah near Chicago.

"When they`re ready for me to do it or when the players are ready for me to do it, I`m going to do it," Love said when asked about the Ryder Cup captaincy late last year.

"I think I`ve seen enough Ryder Cups to know how to do it, what we need to do. I`ve been with a lot of captains that have done a lot of great things. If I can just take all those things and put them together, I think we can do it.”

"It would be an honour to be the captain and I`d just have to think it through. I`m not going to miss my turn, that`s for sure."

Love, who won his only major at the 1997 PGA Championship, made his Ryder Cup debut at The Belfry in 1993 when he and Tom Kite beat Spanish heavyweights Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal 2&1 in the opening foursomes.

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