Almost three months after the U.S. let a 10-6 Saturday night lead slip away to the Europeans in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, the PGA of America made a shocking announcement: Tom Watson would return as American captain.
With Watson on his way out a losing captain, the job will remain vacant until at least 2015. PGA of America president Ted Bishop said Tuesday the next American Ryder Cup captain will not be named this year.
“We don’t even have a short list of candidates,” Bishop said, according to GolfChannel.com.
Meanwhile, the Europeans appear to have identified a handful of possible candidates to succeed Paul McGinley, including 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke as current frontrunner.
Depending on your reading of the resulting fallout from the American loss, reviews of Tom Watson’s captaincy range from old-school tough, to aloof, to out of touch, to downright mean. Regardless of the final verdict, it’s clear the PGA of America is going to take their time in naming their next captain and the system under which his players will qualify for the ’16 team at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.