Ryder Cup 2025: USA appoints John Wood to new team manager role, but has yet to confirm Bethpage Black captain | golf news

Former PGA Tour caddy John Wood has been named manager of the US Ryder Cup team, although it is not yet clear who will be the local captain at Bethpage Black.

Wood has caddied for five different players in six Ryder Cups, served as a team assistant during the 2018 loss at Le Golf National and attended the last two contests as an on-course commentator for NBC Sports.

In the new role, Wood will work on all “strategic and operational matters” related to the US Ryder Cup team, alongside the captain (not yet identified), his coaching staff and senior management at the PGA of America.

Wood’s role will see him involved in player selection, recruitment, motivation strategies, logistical coordination and “fostering a positive team environment” for the biennial event, which will take place next September in New York and live on Sky Sports.

“Truly a dream job,” Wood said. “There is nothing, and I mean nothing, in my professional career that I have been more passionate about than the Ryder Cup.

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“I am honored to work alongside my friends at the PGA of America, the PGA Ryder Cup committee and future Ryder Cup captains, vice-captains and team members to help our captains and teams prepare to compete in one of the most important sporting events the world has ever seen.”

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said: “His (Wood’s) years of experience in national and international team competitions, as well as his deep understanding of the dynamics of the game, will be a tremendous asset as we create a strategic plan that provides success in all future Ryder Cups.

John Wood named US Ryder Cup team manager

“I’m not sure we could have come up with a better choice for this position in terms of experience, enthusiasm and relevance.”

Who will be the next captain of Team USA?

Tiger Woods has been heavily linked as a future Ryder Cup captain, having made eight appearances for the US team and was also previously vice-captain at Hazeltine in 2016, and revealed before the Masters that he was in talks with the PGA of America.

The US team has not yet announced who will be the captain for the upcoming edition in New York, and Woods, who is also heavily involved in the PGA Tour’s discussions with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, hinted before the PGA Championship that was still unsure. whether he could commit to the captaincy.

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Two-time Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said last year that his goal was to convince Tiger Woods to become the next captain by 2025.

“We’re still talking,” Woods explained in Valhalla. “There’s nothing confirmed yet. We’re still working on what that would look like. Also whether or not I have time to do it.”

Matt Kuchar, for whom Wood caddied in the 2016 Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine, Webb Simpson and Stewart Cink are among the other names likely to be considered for the Team USA captaincy, should he Woods decides not to take on the role.

Former world number one Luke Donald will captain Europe for the second time, having led Europe to a 16.5-11.5 victory in Rome last September. Donald won all four Ryder Cups in which he played and was vice-captain for two editions.

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