Sorry for the delay in this blog, it was written a while ago, but the timing of other blogs prevented this posting until now! This would likely surprise no one, but my top non-story of 2008 was (insert yawn here) “Cory Pavin announced as the 2010 Captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team”. The dust has barely settled on the 2008 Cup, which I found nauseating and wrote so in our blog ‘Ryder Cup‘ back in September. This announcement follows Paul Azinger and the United States’ first victory since 1999 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY.
Who cares? I mean really, we are about 18 months from the event and already the American press is eating this up. Outside of Tiger, the other 9 positions that are earned from play over the next two years leading up to the 2010 event, there could be 9 different players than those currently occupying those positions today. Does the captain really make a difference as to which team wins the Cup? It certainly isn’t like team sports where the coach has control over their line-up and actually coaches their players through practice sessions. Does anyone believe Pavin will be giving Tiger (or any other PGA Tour players) lessons over the next two years?
While I’m sure Pavin is a nice guy who won a money list title in 1991, a U.S. Open in 1995 and played on three Ryder Cup teams (two as a winner and one on the losing side), is his presence really going to make a difference to the outcome of the 2010 event at Celtic Manor in Wales? I guess until Tiger returns, the Ryder Cup and the PGA can use the extra media exposure. Oh, and like my previous blog I hope we have someone else doing the broadcast besides Johnny Miller!
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