Reports coming from various golf-news outlets indicate that Jose Maria Olazabal and Davis Love III will captain their respective countries' Ryder Cup teams in Chicago, 2012. As NBC Sport's Ryan Ballengee states, these prospective captains (while both deserving in their own right) won't exactly spark much enthusiasm from golf fans.
It’s not that Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal do not move the needle – both are accomplished, personable, and deserving of the role. Rather, both have been a part of the Ryder Cup and its growing lore for so long that it seems like this matchup will be a continuation of a career competition between the two players.
I agree with this sentiment, wholeheartedly. The obvious question would then be "Who would make for better captain choices?"
Frankly, I would love to see Paul Azinger serve his second tour-of-duty as the American captain, and maybe even a repeat performance for Colin Montgomerie. However, my issue isn't so much with the proposed European captain Olazabal as it is with "DL3". Hardly the most exciting or energetic golfer in his own right, Love III might be the only man on the planet more emotion-less than previous captain Corey Pavin.
Is it too much to ask for a US captain who might actually crack a smile every once in awhile?