Daly wants Woods or Mickelson as Ryder Cup player-captain

Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:04pm EST
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) - John Daly has rubbished the formation of a task force to examine ways of improving the dire recent run of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, urging his country to appoint Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson as player-captain.

Daly, winner of the 1995 British Open and 1991 U.S. PGA Championship, has never played in the biennial team event but said it was "not rocket science" to work out why Europe had won eight of the last 10 editions.

"I don't know where they are going with a task force," the 48-year-old told reporters after posting a three-under-par 69 in the opening round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Thursday.

"They should just go ahead and pick a captain. My view is that Phil Mickelson should be the next captain and play at Hazeltine.

"He knows everything about the Ryder Cup so maybe it should be him or Tiger who should be the next captain. We've had playing captains over the years so why not in 2016?".

The PGA of America announced the formation of the task force, which includes Mickelson and Woods, after Tom Watson's side lost to Paul McGinley's Europe by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 in Scotland in September.

The job of the 11-man group is to examine "the entire Ryder Cup process" including the selection of the captain and the points qualifying system.

"If they picked Phil he would have full team respect," said Daly. "It's not rocket science why the European team has been winning, it doesn't need a task force to work it out."   Continued...

John Daly of the U.S. hits out of a sand trap on the second hole during the BMW Masters 2013 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria