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Davis Love III named U.S. Ryder Cup captain

January 20, 2011 | 10:27 am

Love_400 Davis Love III was announced as the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team at an emotional news conference Thursday at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, the site of the 2012 matches.

“To be named Ryder Cup captain is a thrill I never thought I would have. I'd love to share that with my father,” said a choked-up Love, whose father, longtime PGA player Davis Love Jr., died in a plane crash early in Love's career. “I know somehow I am. … There's not a tour player out there that plays one tour event or six Ryder Cups that doesn't have a PGA professional that led them to that position.”

Love -- a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour, including the 1997 PGA Championship -- will lead 12 players in an attempt to win back the cup won by Europe in Wales last October.

“I'm a players' captain,” said Love, who has played on six Ryder Cup teams. “I'll try to get them what they need to be successful. I'm not going to tell the best players in the world how to play golf. I'm not going to read their putts. A good leader knows he's got a great team.”

Earlier in the week, two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal was named captain of Europe's team.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Davis Love III becomes emotional as he is introduced as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team Thursday. Credit: Jim Prisching / Associated Press