Welcome into the Gabliam, a new weekly here at Golf News Net where our Ryan Ballengee poses a question on Twitter and you give us your best answer for a chance to be featured. It's like a reverse mailbag.
This week's question was an easy one:
Reverse Mailbag question: After DL3, who would be your next 3 U.S. Ryder Cup captains and why? Best answers make a new @GolfNewsNet column.
— Ryan Ballengee (@RyanBallengee) February 17, 2015
And you had some very strong answers.
— Cheers Heavy (@CheersHeavy) February 17, 2015
— Shosh Agus-Kleinman (@ShoshEAK) February 17, 2015
Yeah, but is he a PGA of America Guy? #PGAGuy
— Chris Dachille (@WBALDash) February 17, 2015
While I like all three of those guys, they don't have the best track record at closing the deal in the U.S. Open, golf's toughest test. Lehman was in the final group on Sunday four years running with no wins. Furyk, who did win the '03 Open on a non-Open venue at Olympia Fields (banished FOREVER from hosting the Open), duck-hooked himself out of the '12 Open because of an odd tee. And Phil? Well, you know.
— Chris (@cj_s10) February 17, 2015
I was on board until Toms. While I think the 2001 PGA champion would do a great job, I'd like to see a bigger shocker than Toms. How about Briny Baird?
I should stop here and mention "Couples, FILL IN THE BLANK, Mickelson" was a common refrain, and one I like.
— Al Walker (@alwalker1212) February 17, 2015
This one really intrigued me. DiMarco had the misfortune of playing on the 2004 and '06 Ryder Cup teams, both which were steamrolled by 18.5-9.5 counts. The role of those two losses in the Great Recession hasn't been studied enough. However, in eight matches, DiMarco got points in four of them (2-4-2) and his putt to win the 2005 Presidents Cup is really the only in-game highlight I care to remember from those matches other than Tiger's 2009 club twirl, which is the last highlight of Tiger's long-gone invincibility.
So, you know what? I'm on board. But he's not a #PGAGuy.