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Davis Love III speaks about Ryder Cup

Davis Love would like to have good friend Paul Azinger captain the 2008 United States Ryder Cup team, but he doesn't necessarily think it will make much difference in the outcome.

"The captains work very, very hard and the players are the ones that win or lose," Love said Saturday at the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World, where he shot a third-round 64 to jump within three shots of leader Troy Matteson.

"We need to play better. I don't think it's the captain's fault," Love said. "I would love to play for Paul Azinger, though. He would be very entertaining, a lot of fun."

That said, Love believes the captain is given too much credit for a win and too much blame for the loss.

"I've been on 12 different (Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup) teams and played for nine or 10 different captains, and winning doesn't make you a great captain," he said.

In the next few weeks, the PGA of America is expected to name the 2008 captain. Azinger is hot favorite to be selected.

Not that it seems like such a great job these days, given the lopsided 17 1/2-9 1/2 defeats the Europeans have handed the Americans in the past two events, most recently at the K Club in Ireland last month.

Love recalled the criticism Hal Sutton received for sending out Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson together in the first match two years ago, with Love and Chad Campbell paired in the second match.

"If you said, 'I'm going to put my best two players first and my next best two players second and send them out and we'll get ahead,' you'd think that's pretty smart, wouldn't you?" Love said. "But when Hal did it and Tiger and Phil lost and Chad and I lost, he was stupid.

"The night before, I thought we were going to kick their butt. Nobody ever said, 'Tiger and Phil, they'll lose.' Of course you think they're going to win."

Love, 42, would like to be Ryder Cup captain but probably has to wait another six years or so.

Rather, he wants to play the 2008 event at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. It hurt to miss this year's team after playing the previous six events.

"Everybody I talked to said they had a good time," he said. "They just didn't play good."

October 24, 2006

 




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