You might have expected it. The calls have gone out for Paul Azinger to return as Ryder Cup Captain. Veteran golf writer Doug Ferguson has an article in USA Today:
No one spent more time in the PGA of America hospitality room last month at Oakland Hills than Corey Pavin, presumably to start lobbying to be the next U.S. captain for the Ryder Cup.
The list of candidates has rarely been this short, nor has it been so obvious.
“Zinger in 2010,” Phil Mickelson said after the Americans reclaimed possession of the Ryder Cup.
He certainly has one thing on his resume that recent US Captains haven’t had: a win.
My question is whether his approach would work again. I think it’s possible that his act would get “old” and that next time out, the players wouldn’t listen to him as much. Of course, its probably just as likely that his success has bred a respect that would carry over.
My guess is that if he wants the job, it’s his.