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Love confirmed as Ryder Cup captain

Davis Love III has been given the responsibility of trying to regain the Ryder Cup for the American side.
Davis Love III has been given the responsibility of trying to regain the Ryder Cup for the American side.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Davis Love III has been confirmed as the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for the 2012 event
  • The 46-year-old Love will lead America on home soil at Medinah Country Club
  • Love has won 20 PGA Tour titles, one major, and played in six Ryder Cups
  • Love's appointment follows news that Jose Maria Olazabal will lead the European side

(CNN) -- Davis Love III has been confirmed as the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for the 2012 showdown against Europe at Medinah Country Club, Chicago.

The 46-year-old, who was one of America's vice-captain's in last year's defeat at Celtic Manor, takes over from Corey Pavin as he attempts to regain the trophy on home soil.

Love has enjoyed a glittering career, winning 20 PGA Tour titles -- although his only major was the 1997 U.S. PGA championship -- and has played on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, winning in 1993 and 1999.

Olazabal named Europe's 2012 captain

Love told a press conference: "The number one mission is to get the Cup back and I don't think we could ask for a greater home-field advantage than Medinah and Chicago.

"I'm thrilled and honored to be named captain. It's one of the great honors in golf to make one Ryder Cup team. To make it for a career is a blessing.

I don't think we could ask for a greater home-field advantage than Medinah and Chicago
--Davis Love
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"I've played in a lot of Ryder Cups and I think that experience will help get me through," Love added.

Love will continue with the policy of having four captain's picks to go alongside the top eight players in the 2012 PGA Tour rankings and has not ruled himself totally out of the running to make the side on merit.

"What I ultimately want is the 12 best players. If I'm one of the best eight then that would be great -- but I don't want to leave off a player who could help the team even if that player is me.

"I want guys who can handle the pressure, who really want to make the team. I want guys who are playing well and putting well. I'm going to watch the last few weeks to see who are the players who are making putts," he added.

Love's announcement comes just two days after the European Tour announced that Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal will captain the European 2012 squad.