Tiger and Phil helping Yanks find formula to win Ryder Cup
TIGER WOODS and Phil Mickelson are part of an 11-strong “task force” created to examine all aspects of the US Ryder Cup process in the wake of last month’s crushing defeat at Gleneagles.
But the man praised by Mickelson for creating a winning formula, 2008 captain Paul Azinger, has turned down the chance to formally take part.
The PGA of America said the task force would examine the selection of Ryder Cup captains and vice-captains, the qualifying system, the dates by which the team is determined and the timing of wild card selections.
“The Ryder Cup is our most prized competitive asset and the PGA of America is committed to utilising our utmost energy and resources to support one of the biggest events in all of sport,” said PGA of America president Ted Bishop.
“The Ryder Cup Task Force, co-chaired by PGA vice president Derek Sprague and PGA chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua, is an exciting and comprehensive initiative that will guide the PGA in developing the right strategy and building ongoing processes and infrastructure for future generations of US teams.”
The other members of the task force are former captains Raymond Floyd, Tom Lehman and Davis Love, players Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Mickelson Steve Stricker and Woods, and PGA secretary Paul Levy.
Woods who was not part of the team in Gleneagles, said: “I think this is a great step by the PGA to accomplish what we all want – to win the Ryder Cup.
“The Ryder Cup is very important to every player who has the honour to represent his country.
“I’m excited to be part of this group.”