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Davis Love III wants to Learn Lessons from the Past

American Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III, says he will learn from the mistakes of his predecessors and make sure that his wild card picks are good for his United States team, both on and off the course.

Throughout the history of the tournament, the Americans have often gone into the contest as firm favourites, due to their perceived individual superiority over their European counterparts. However, the US team struggles to operate as a unit, meaning that they are prone to faltering on the course.

America has now lost four out of the last five meetings, because of their failure to ‘gel’ as a squad. The US remain the slight favourites for September's tournament, however, at 11/10 in the golf betting.

A number of previous captains have suggested that they have found it hard to develop team spirit within their team, as their players are used to being on their own on tour, and focussing on their own individual goals.

This is in contrast to the European team, who are famous for their camaraderie, and regularly socialise with their teammates, during both tour events and in the off-season.

Unlike previous captains, Love will have the chance to select four members of his team of 12, rather than the usual two. The 48-year-old believes his picks could prove vital.

Love says he wants to get to know his potential wild cards before making his final decision. To do this, he will be holding a number of meetings, where he will invite players to come and socialise with their potential teammates, to see how they interact with each other.

“It’s important to get the balance right and to get the players playing for each other”, Love said. "I still have plenty to learn about some of the players. Guys that I don't know; I want to get to know Kyle Stanley. I want to get know these guys.”

Published: Monday 23rd April 2012

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