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Reports: Love, Olazabal to captain Ryder Cup teams in 2012

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Despite the fact that Ian Poulter apparently uses it as a cereal bowl, the gleam is still on the 2010 Ryder Cup trophy. And yet we're already looking to 2012, where separate reports indicate that Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal will captain the United States and European squads.

The Golf Channel is reporting that Love will be named the captain of the 2012 team, following a meeting of the PGA of America's board of directors. He's not an unexpected choice, having played in six Ryder Cups and assistant-captaining this year's matches. The PGA of America has indicated that it will make an official announcement sometime in the first quarter of 2011.

Separately, the United Kingdom Press Association has reported that Olazabal is the odds-on favorite to helm the European squad. A press conference has been set for Jan. 18 in Abu Dhabi to announce the choice, and Olazabal is well in the lead. Olazabal has had health issues over the last decade, battling rheumatoid arthritis, but appears able to handle challenges of captaining.

The 2012 match will be at Medinah. One tip, guys: make sure the rain gear works. Beyond that, it's all gravy.

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