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Would you take the job as Ryder or Presidents Cup Captain? 

Would you take the job as Ryder or Presidents Cup Captain?

Would you take the job as Ryder or Presidents Cup Captain?

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Why in the world would anyone want this thankless job?  

But, every two years, there are former PGA Tour players (who I always thought were pretty smart) lobbying for the worst job in all of sports.  If your team loses, you were a terrible Captain who made poor tactical decisions, made the wrong pairings, or made the wrong Captain’s picks.  If your team wins, they all played great, congratulations!  

No thanks, Just stay at home, watch it on TV and criticize whoever was stupid enough to take this job!

Cameron Morfit of certainly thinks the same way.  Check out his take on the subject.

Pity poor Jay Haas, who will lead the Americans into battle at the Presidents Cup on Oct. 8–11 in South Korea. Maybe nobody told him the awful truth, that being the captain of a U.S. Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team is the worst job in sports this side of mixed martial arts mop man.

Nick Faldo took arrows in 2008, when a ragtag group of Americans (no Tiger!) led by Paul Azinger stormed to victory at Valhalla. And at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland, another player-insurrection (and odd decision-making) tarnished Tom Watson’s legacy.

Those are just a few of the lowlights.

Now we get Haas’s hotly talked about captain’s pick of Phil Mickelson as one of two wild cards to round out the 12-man roster when the Americans journey to Jack Nicklaus G.C. Korea in Incheon City. (Jay’s son Bill was the other pick — you’d better believe Jay gave a little extra thought to that one.)

Bill Haas made sense; at 11th on the points list he was next in line to make the team on merit after the 10 automatic qualifiers. But Mickelson? The critics howled. The guy who was 30th on the points list? Who hasn’t won a tournament in more than two years, is 45, is 182nd in greens in regulation, and did little more than make the cut at the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship? Wouldn’t it have made sense to take a guy who represents the future (Billy Horschel, Brooks Koepka) and not the past?

Would you take the job as Ryder or Presidents Cup Captain? 

Photo: Chung Sung Jun/ Getty Images

Jay Haas will captain the U.S. Presidents Cup team in Korea next month.

To see the rest of this interesting article (and video), go here!

Source:   Cameron Morfit

Pictures: Richard Heathcote / Getty Images   Hone Morihana

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