Stricker named US captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

U.S. President Donald Trump presents the trophy to the U.S. team captain Steve Stricker at the conclusion of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S., October 1, 2017. (Reuters pic)

PALM BEACH GARDENS: Former world number two Steve Stricker will captain the 2020 United States Ryder Cup team, the PGA of America said on Wednesday.

Stricker, 51, was the clear favourite to succeed Jim Furyk as captain for the biennial event against Europe, which will next be played at Whistling Straits in his home state of Wisconsin.

A 12-times winner on the PGA Tour, Stricker captained the victorious US team at the 2017 Presidents Cup and served as one of Furyk’s vice-captains at last year’s Ryder Cup in Paris where the US team suffered a crushing defeat.

As a player, Stricker logged three Ryder Cup appearances. He was on the winning team in 2008 before defeats in 2010 and 2012. His Ryder Cup record is three wins, seven losses and one half.

The European Ryder Cup team named Padraig Harrington as their captain in January.