Corey Pavin was introduced as the next U.S. captain for the Ryder Cup on today, selected to lead a team in 2010 that will try to successfully defend the cup for the first time since 1993. He replaces Paul Azinger who rallied his team this past September with a 16 1/2 -11 1/2 victory at Valhalla.
A former U.S. Open champion with 15 victories on the PGA Tour, Pavin played in three Ryder Cups and had an 8-5-0 record.
“The Ryder Cup is in my blood,” he said at a news conference. “I think if you cut my arm open, Ryder Cup would just bleed out. It’s the greatest event in the world, I think, and certainly the golf world.”
The Americans have not had a captain in consecutive Ryder Cups since Ben Hogan in 1947 and 1949. U.S. players lobbied for Azinger to return the night of their victory at Valhalla, and only recently has he said he might be interested.