Ryder Cup: Steve Stricker named United States captain for 2020 event

Tiger Woods chose Stricker to be a vice-captain at the Presidents Cup in December

Tiger Woods chose Stricker to be a vice-captain at the Presidents Cup in December

"I expect nothing different here for The Ryder Cup or even more so, I've been at these PGAs the last few times here, the last two PGAs that were held at Whistling Straits, and they came out in full force, supported the event, and they support their own".

Stricker becomes the 29th U.S. Captain since the Ryder Cup's inception in 1927.

PGA of America president Suzy Whaley is confident that Stricker is the right man for the job after leading the United States to a thumping win in the 2017 Presidents Cup.

Stricker has a tough task, as the USA team has been mostly dominated in the competition, losing four of the past five, the only victory coming at Hazeltine in 2016. He also is the first Ryder Cup captain who previously served as a Presidents Cup captain, leading the U.S.to a romp in New Jersey in 2017.

The 51-year-old Wisconsin man takes on the post for a match in his home state after serving as one of Jim Furyk's vice-captains in last year's heavy loss to the Europeans in France. The American team was divided and disjointed, with Patrick Reed accusing captain Jim Furyk of "blindsiding" him after splitting him up from partner Jordan Spieth.

Steve Stricker is going to his seventh straight Ryder Cup, this time in his home state of Wisconsin as the American captain.

"Yet, he's as relevant as ever - as evidenced by three wins a year ago on the PGA Tour Champions - and he has a wonderful ability to connect with players of all ages".

It was hardly a surprise with the 2020 matches going to Whistling Straits, an hour north of Milwaukee where Stricker was introduced Wednesday.

As a player, Stricker appeared on three Ryder Cup teams and five Presidents Cup teams.

He'll also get a good look at the potential 2020 team when he joins Fred Couples and Zach Johnson as Tiger Woods' assistant Captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

'While we were disappointed with the result in Paris, I am confident the setback will fuel our preparations for what will take place at Whistling Straits. He went 9-13 with three halved in six Ryder Cups from 1999-2010 and was an assistant on Europe's past three teams.

"Truly, a dream come true", Stricker told a news conference in Milwaukee, where he was interrupted by a congratulatory text message from twice major victor and fan favourite John Daly.

Padraig Harrington, 47, of Ireland was named 2020 European Ryder Cup Captain last month.

The four (4) remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain's Selections and will be announced by the U.S. Captain on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, immediately following the Tour Championship.

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