Fred Couples Deserves 2016 Ryder Cup Captaincy

By Brandon Raper
Fred Couples - President's Cup Captain
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After captaining his American team to a third straight victory at the President’s Cup, Fred Couples insists that he’s fine calling his President’s Cup run quits. “A three-peat’s good enough for me,” he said in an NBC interview after Tiger Woods wrapped up the championship for Team USA once again.

Of course, that doesn’t say anything about the Ryder Cup.

The PGA of America selected Tom Watson to lead the Americans in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland, and as a five-time winner of the Open Championship, Watson is a perfect pick for that job. As a player, Watson was part of three winning American sides, and played on the team that tied in 1989. He captained the squad to victory in 1993 at The Belfry as well.

In Couples, however, the Americans would have the perfect home-crowd guy. The Hall of Famer still affectionately referred to as “Boom Boom” has this incredible way of connecting with his players, and would likely have a relatively younger team in three years’ time than the roster he took to Muirfield Village this year.

Couples already made a big decision to add rookie Jordan Spieth to his team over veterans like Jim Furyk or Dustin Johnson, and it paid off. Even though Spieth went 2-2-0 with a loss in Sunday’s singles, the young star got invaluable experience, and he is likely to be a part of international squads for several years to come. As more and more newcomers prove their worth over the next few years, that connection with the “youth movement” could bring an incredible energy to Hazeltine National.

Couples has achieved almost goal there is to reach in golf, and he’s still going strong. It would only be fitting to have him take the captaincy one more time.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and add him to your Google+ network.

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