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So its now official.

 

I think its a win win for Luke.

If he wins: will go down as a legend to break the seal of winning on foreign soil.

If he loses: Well it's tough to win overseas so it's all good Luke, 2023 was a success anyways.

 

As a European fan I have to be honest that I feel part of this decision is down to the fact that some of our Ryder Cup legends have gone to LIV, and we don't have that many people to choose from who would be suitable?

 

Westwood, Garcia, Stenson, Gmac? Poulter... They would have taken us in to the 2030's at least...

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Luke did a really great job this year so can’t say it’s a bad idea. An interesting idea though because there hasn’t been back to back captains in a long time for Europe. I guess who else was going to get it? Molinari perhaps but might not have given up on playing. Justin Rose said he didn’t want it and 2027 at Adare Manor he looks a good choice. So many of the old core of the team are at LIV.

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16 minutes ago, jaffabell said:

So its now official.

 

I think its a win win for Luke.

If he wins: will go down as a legend to break the seal of winning on foreign soil.

If he loses: Well it's tough to win overseas so it's all good Luke, 2023 was a success anyways.

 

As a European fan I have to be honest that I feel part of this decision is down to the fact that some of our Ryder Cup legends have gone to LIV, and we don't have that many people to choose from who would be suitable?

 

Westwood, Garcia, Stenson, Gmac? Poulter... They would have taken us in to the 2030's at least...

Yes also Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey, future captains were really raided by LIV. To be honest I’ve often thought it should be best man for the job, not a purely ceremonial case of taking in turns of great players. 

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7 minutes ago, Dave230 said:

Yes also Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey, future captains were really raided by LIV. To be honest I’ve often thought it should be best man for the job, not a purely ceremonial case of taking in turns of great players. 

True that. A lot of the work is probably done for them, behind the scenes. I imagine there is somehwhat of a blueprint for them to follow - so I think all that we have named would have been due a shot for what they have achieved, on the tour but also in the Ryder Cup.

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2 minutes ago, rukahs said:

I'd sign Luke up for the next 30 years if if meant we definitely don't have Poulter, gmac, westwood or any other of those money grabbing journeymen do it.

If the PGA Tour do end up with some kind of deal with PIF, and LIV continues beyond that deal then the Euro RC committee will have to consider some of those players for future captaincies... I think having Brooks Koepka in the US team there has changed the game a bit too... 

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I agree that the LIV situation has thinned the herd/curdled the milk somewhat, with a few shoe-ins for captaincy now off to a non-starter.

 

That said, I agree with your synopsis. Donald did a fine job, and was probably the most polished, slick and organised captain since McGinley. He's a sensible choice, golf politics aside. If he wins again he's up in Jacklin territory, whereas a loss overseas will be a shame but not catastrophic for his skipper's legacy. 

 

 

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22 hours ago, rukahs said:

I'd sign Luke up for the next 30 years if if meant we definitely don't have Poulter, gmac, westwood or any other of those money grabbing journeymen do it.

 

Isn't money grabbing the reality of ALL pro golf?

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I assume Justin Rose politely turned it down on the basis he wants another go as a player.

 

Decent decision in that Luke is a class guy and did a decent job in Italy (but not flawless). Also his own game isn't really up to competing at the top anymore and, at 45 years old, it gives him something to do until he reaches 50. 

 

That said, the US will be too strong on home soil for the foreseeable future.

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Luke Donald did a good job and is well liked by his team, but he was definitely the beneficiary of Zach Johnsons failure as a captain.  His captain's picks went 4-12-5 for a whopping 6.5 points. Then throw in Cantley without the hat, Thomas and Xander tipping a fake hat over and over on sunday while losing by 4 touchdowns, Lacalva jumping up and down like he won the lottery. It was a crap show and Johnson did zero to reign it in

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I think this is a really smart pick by the Europeans. Luke gets to play with house money in NY, and if he wins he goes down as an all time great captain and might get another iteration or two after that. 

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2 hours ago, Swisher said:

Cool to finally see a captain go back to back. Still think Bethpage will be a mountain too big to climb for Europe. 

Finally? They've had repeat captains many times: John Jacobs, Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher. Unless you mean in the more modern era? 

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10 minutes ago, Pops99 said:

Finally? They've had repeat captains many times: John Jacobs, Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher. Unless you mean in the more modern era? 


Yep, they went off repeat captains in the modern era. Didn't look like it was going to happen with the volume of VCs lining up and veterans approaching the end of their careers.

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