Nick Faldo: I won't be Ryder Cup captain


According a report in the Guardian, six-time major winner Nick Faldo isn’t going to be picked as Ryder Cup captain. Instead, the diminutive Ian Woosman will apparently be named to the role.
Apparently Luke Donald, one of Europe’s young stars, has been publicly stating the role should be handed to Faldo.
“Nick has very similar characteristics to Bernhard [Langer],” Donald told the Guardian. “He had a very similar career, golf-wise – a better resumé, in fact. He dedicated his life to making that happen, and maybe some of those skills could be put to good use if he was the Ryder Cup captain.”
It is hard to argue with Donald’s logic. After all, there are only a handful of players in the modern era that were more successful than Faldo. His intensity is legendary, as was his ability to completely overhaul his game when he realized he wasn’t going to dominate with his original swing.
Woosman? I competitor as well — but shouldn’t this kind of position go to the best, most competitive players nearing 50? Who is better than Faldo when it comes to this?
Interesting that the U.S. also spurned bigger stars when it picked Hal Sutton and more recently Tom Lehman. One major shouldn’t cut it — but it should be very hard to ignore six.

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