John Daly has a vision for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. And it doesn’t involve wearing ties.
Speaking at last week’s Paul Lawrie Match Play, Daly said he would love to lead the American squad in the biennial competition against the Europeans.
“Hopefully I would one day be a captain, it would be fun,” Daly said. “I don’t know if I fit the mold. I don’t know if I fit what the PGA of America would want. All I know is my team, if I was a captain, we’d have a blast. I’d make sure they had a blast. You don’t want to wear a tie, don’t wear a tie. Have fun. It’s supposed to be fun.”
And oh the fun it would be. Loudmouth would replace Ralph Lauren as the clothing sponsor, Hooters would cater every team meal and that’s not even counting the victory party. The mood would be super relaxed instead of tense, a shift Daly thinks is vital.
“I think we just get wrapped up in it,” Daly said. “I think when you’re favored to win so many years like the Americans have been, I think we get uptight. Even the matches that we are getting killed in, we are favored in. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves. Just go out and play golf. It’s great to play for your country, but it’s still a gentleman’s game at the end.”
The Europeans are in the midst of an epic run of dominance in the event. Since 2002, Team Europe has won every year except 2008, including a demoralizing comeback in 2012 at Medinah.
“I don’t know all the facts and everything that goes on behind the doors when the captain is talking and everything, but I sense it and it’s my opinion that the European guys get along better,” Daly said. “When I see it on TV, it just looks like our guys are not having a good time. I’m one of those guys you don’t know what the hell I’m going to do. I’m either going to piss you off or make you happy. But that’s me. I can’t deny it and that’s just the way I’ve always been.”
Daly 2018? We’d be happy about that.