US Ryder Cup captain to be revealed on show

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The PGA of America is bringing a mystery guest to the Today show – its next Ryder Cup captain.

An organization that is not shy about giving rock-star treatment to the Ryder Cup, the PGA of America said Tuesday it would reveal the next U.S. captain during a Thursday segment of NBC’s morning show, followed by a news conference in the Empire State Building.

The next Ryder Cup will be in 2014 at Gleneagles, Scotland, and there has been recent support for Tom Watson, who is revered in golf’s homeland for having won four of his five British Open titles in Scotland.

There also has been a push for Larry Nelson, who was overlooked as a captain two decades ago.

LAST CHANCE: Geoff Ogilvy is down to his last chance if he wants to head into the offseason assured a tee time at Augusta National in April.

The former U.S. Open champion began the year at No. 36 and has fallen to No. 56. This is the last week of golf that counts toward the world ranking, and the Masters Tournament takes the top 50 at the end of the season.

Holding down the 50th spot is Thorbjorn Olesen, who is not playing this week. Neither is Alex Noren, who is at No. 51. George Coetzee is at No. 49 and playing the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Besides Ogilvy, the only other player from No. 51 through No. 60 playing this week is Marcus Fraser, who is at the Johor Open.

If there are no changes in the world ranking, 14 players would be added to the field, bringing the total to 85 players going into the new season.

Any winner of a PGA Tour event gets in (except for Puerto Rico), along with the top 50 after the Houston Open.


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