According to a Golf Channel report, Davis Love III is expected to be named U.S. Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

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According to a Golf Channel report, Davis Love III is expected to be named U.S. Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

The official announcement is scheduled to be given on 24th February at PGA of America HQ in Florida, but it is believed the decision to appoint Love III has already been made.

Love III was captain of the U.S. side that lost at Medinah in 2012, despite going into the final day singles with a 10-6 lead. Although popular with the players, Love was strongly criticised for some of his tactical decisions during that contest, particularly for leaving out the unbeaten pairing of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the Saturday afternoon fourballs.

The 50-year-old is part of the 11-man U.S. Ryder Cup task force that was set up after the Medinah defeat, but he wasn’t publicly named as one of the possible candidates for Hazeltine. Fred Couples and Paul Azinger were considered favourites to take the job.

If Love III is named he will follow Tom Watson as the second-straight, repeat U.S. captain. He would become the eighth man to captain the U.S. on multiple occasions. The others being: Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Burke, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.

The Golf Channel report also suggested that Tom Lehman and Steve Stricker might play a part in the 2016 matches. Possible vice-captains?

Darren Clarke is expected to be named tomorrow as European team captain for the 2016 matches.

The USA has lost eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups and six of the last seven.