On Thursday, Davis Love III was officially announced as the U.S. captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup team, complementing the announcement of Jose Maria Olazabal as the European captain. While both announcements were expected, both are equally welcome. Love and Olazabal are straight class, both worthy of their selection. They'll do their teams proud.
Ah, but will they lead their teams to victory? Honor is nice, but what about glory?
Olazabal is the more emotional golfer, but don't mistake Love's calm for a lack of passion. You don't get to 20 PGA Tour wins without a fire in the ol' belly.
The question, really, is which man can get his team to play at the best of their ability in the most trying of circumstances. A gut take: Olazabal will be more fiery-coach inspiring, while Love will be of the don't-disappoint-Dad school of motivation. Which approach works better with overpaid millionaires? Both styles have won the Ryder.
Early on, Olazabal would seem to have the edge in both team talent and inspiration. But it's a long way to the fall of 2012, and much can change. Love has more than a year to figure out how to light a fire under his team, and evidence suggests he'll do exactly that.
Snap judgment time. Who's your pick?