Steve Stricker is bringing an entire new which means to a house Ryder Cup.
In what has appeared like a formality for months, the Wisconsin native was formally launched Wednesday as the subsequent U.S. captain. The 2020 matches will likely be held Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits, about two hours from Stricker’s Madison dwelling.
“Really, a dream come true,” he stated, getting choked up throughout his introductory information convention. “I’m actually humbled by this.”
The 12-time PGA Tour winner is the primary U.S. captain with no main victory on his résumé, underscoring the People’ newfound emphasis on continuity fairly than particular person accomplishment.
Stricker, who turns 52 on Saturday, has been a fixture on the American groups over the previous few years. After compiling a Three-7-1 document as a participant, he served as an assistant on the 2014 squad that was so dysfunctional it helped launch the Ryder Cup process power, of which Stricker was a member. He additionally was a vice captain on the 2016 and ’18 groups.
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In 2017, Stricker bought his shot as a captain on the Presidents Cup, main the U.S. to a blowout victory at Liberty Nationwide, and he’s already signed as much as help Tiger Woods at this 12 months’s version of the biennial occasion at Royal Melbourne.
Some plans are already afoot.
Stricker introduced that every one 4 of his captain’s picks will likely be introduced on the similar time – on Sept. 1, 2020, two days after the conclusion of the Tour Championship. For the previous two cups the captain had revealed the alternatives in waves, hoping to safe the most well liked participant out there. As an alternative, it created an ungainly dynamic for the ultimate participant picked and people into account.
Gamers can begin incomes factors this week on the WGC-Mexico Championship. The World Golf Championship occasions, The Gamers and main championships rely in 2019 with decreased factors. Full factors begin on Jan. 1, 2020.
Stricker additionally introduced that 2018 Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk will likely be certainly one of his assistants in Wisconsin.
Regardless of losses in 4 of the previous 5 Ryder Cups, Stricker’s U.S. staff figures to be heavy favorites at huge, brawny Whistling Straits, which thrice beforehand has hosted the PGA Championship, most not too long ago in 2015. The People may use Stricker’s home-state benefit, contemporary off a 17 ½ to 10 ½ loss in Paris.
Padraig Harrington, a three-time main winner, has already been named the European Ryder Cup captain.
“He’s an important man and an unbelievable competitor,” Stricker stated. “I sit up for spending increasingly more time with him and understanding him a bit bit higher.”