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Love Lobbies to Be Next U.S. Ryder Cup Golf Captain

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Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- It took Davis Love III just two days to add his name to the list of those wanting to be the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain.

“I definitely want to be a captain,” Love said during a press conference today in St. Simons Island, Georgia, where he is hosting and playing in the U.S. PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic. “If they talk to me about it, I’ll be excited about it.”

Love served as an assistant captain on the losing U.S. team in Wales this month and has played in the biennial competition between the U.S. and Europe six times. His last appearance as a player came in 2004.

While Love, 46, said walking alongside U.S. players at Celtic Manor gave him the urge to try to qualify as a player for the 2012 competition at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, he wouldn’t pass up the chance to be captain in favor of playing.

“If you asked me two months ago, I’d have said no, I don’t want to take any chance on screwing up playing,” said Love, who has a 9-12-5 record as a player. “But now I look at it, I don’t want to take any chances on not getting to be the Ryder Cup captain.”

The PGA of America, which oversees the U.S. team, has no specific timeframe on selecting its next captain.

Corey Pavin, this year’s U.S. captain, was appointed to the post two months after the U.S. defeated Europe in the 2008 matches at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

As an assistant on this year’s team, Love said the most difficult part about being captain wouldn’t be deciding on which clothes the team would wear or who to select as his wild card picks. Having to give speeches to the players during the matches is his biggest fear.

Speeches Troubling

“I’m good at crying when something’s special, and I think it would be hard for me to handle the standing-up-in-front-of-people part of it,” Love said. “Organizing the towels and the rain suits and all that kind of stuff, I’ve got a good handle on.”

The only thing possibly holding him back from taking the job, if offered, would be the opinions of other players, Love said.

“That’s what it boils down to,” he said. “If the players want me to be the captain, then I want it. If I get a sense that they want somebody else, then I wouldn’t do it.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in St. Simons Island, Georgia at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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