Jason Day Jokes About Future of Task Force if U.S. Loses Ryder Cup

September 21, 2016

Jason Day won’t play in the Ryder Cup, but he’s looking forward to watching it.

Day, speaking during his press conference ahead of this week’s Tour Championship, said it’s one of the few events he’ll actually watch. (Since he is from Australia, he cannot compete even though he is the No. 1 ranked player in the world.) He also questioned what will happen if the U.S. doesn’t win on its home soil.

“It’s going to be very close,” he said. “I think America maybe has the slight edge right now. … It will be interesting if America doesn’t win — I wonder what’s going to happen to that task force?”

The comment induced laughter among the media. After the U.S. lost for the eighth time in 10 years at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, an 11-member Ryder Cup Task Force was created. Since then the task force has made several changes and headlines, and it’s also been the subject of a few jokes from European players. After it was created, Rory McIlroy said “I feel they’re overdoing it.”

As for who wins the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, which begins Sept. 30, Day wasn’t ready to pick sides.

“I’m just hoping for a close one,” he said. “I have friends on both sides. I don’t root for one or the other; I just want really good competition.”