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Mahan: Couples should captain Ryder Cup team

Hunter Mahan has called on the victorious Presidents Cup team U.S. captain Fred Couples to take on the same role for the Ryder Cup in three years time at Gleneagles.

“It’s not complicated,” said Mahan, the veteran of five US teams. “It’s not like he’s smarter than everyone else, it’s just that he realizes that it’s just golf and lets us go out and just play.”

“There’s more tension, more stress for that week (of the Ryder Cup) compared with the Presidents Cup because of all that history, the fans over there and everything else, but for us to play our best, we need to be relaxed and not stressed and I don’t know who’s better than Freddie to keep it all relaxed,” he said.

“I think he’d be great. He doesn’t over-think it. He talks to the veterans, he talks to the players, and gets feedback and he kind of goes with the flow.”

Couples is a proven winner at the international level as captain. First winning in San Francisco two years ago and now having guided an underdog US team to the Presidents Cup at a course where they lost in 1998.

He also has the courage of his conviction, in a move that was criticised from all quarters, Couples used one of his captain’s picks to choose underperforming and seemingly ailing star Tiger Woods.

A move that was totally vindicated as Woods secured the winning points on Sunday.

“I’m thankful that Freddie believed in me to be a part of this team,” Woods said. “I’ve been on a variety of different teams over the years, and this has been just a great atmosphere to be around. And it starts from the captain.”

“Would Freddie make a great Ryder Cup captain? Absolutely. He’s just a great captain, period. He’s fun to play for.”

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