Steve Stricker is set to be announced as the US Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday. Stricker, who is from Wisconsin, will assume the honour in his home state at Whistling Straits next year as America tries to make amends for their drubbing in Paris five months ago.
The news will not come as a shock to anyone in the golf world. Stricker, 51, has been an assistant captain in the last three matches and took the American helm, successfully, at the Presidents Cup two years ago. The former world No 2 is a confidante of Tiger Woods and, on occasion, has acted as an unofficial putting coach for the 14-time major winner.
He is a very popular character on tour and, although unassuming, he commands the respect of the locker room and will be seen as the perfect adversary for Padraig Harrington, the Irishman who was named as Europe captain last month.
Since forming the famous “Task Force” in the wake of the 2014 humbling at Gleneagles, the PGA of America have tried to create a boot-room mentality, similar to that of Europe. Stricker is very clearly the next man in line and he has made no secret of his wish to succeed Jim Furyk.