- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
SHIPNUCK: You're right, John. Donald has had some fabulous Ryder Cups. He's been a calming influence on Sergio García. He has Chicago roots—he attended Northwestern, he lives in Chicago most of the year, and he'll probably play all five matches. It would be a mistake to overlook him. He could be Europe's best player.
GARRITY: There's a category of players I call great golfers who haven't won majors whose legacy is great Ryder Cup play. That's Luke, Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.
SHIPNUCK: And Sergio.
BAMBERGER: Sergio's role is critical. He is showing a maturity this year that I've never seen. I think he'll be huge for Europe.
THE NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA
VAN SICKLE: Who would you like to see captain the U.S. team in 2014? If the PGA of America isn't going to consider giving Paul Azinger an encore, I vote for Fred Couples, who has taken over the Presidents Cup.
SHIPNUCK: Does Fred even want the job? The Presidents Cup looks like fun. The Ryder Cup looks like a hassle. Fred probably would've had the chance if he had put his hand up sooner.
ANONYMOUS PRO: Is it too late for Larry Nelson? Seriously, I'd try to get Fred off that Presidents Cup bus. He has that laid-back demeanor, but he has a lot of pride and fire beneath it. It would be right up his alley, and, honestly, it's time to graduate from the Presidents Cup to something bigger. The Presidents Cup is a reality show, made-for-TV golf. The Ryder Cup has history and prestige and nationalism. Fred has earned a promotion.
SHIPNUCK: I'd go to Mickelson and Jim Furyk and say, Be honest, guys. Which of you isn't going to make this team in two years—you're the next captain.
VAN SICKLE: Wouldn't Phil love the challenge and attention of being a playing captain?