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Tiger Woods reportedly declines Ryder Cup captaincy;

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Tiger Woods has reportedly turned down the PGA of America to lead Team USA, so who else could be the captain at Bethpage Black?
Jack Milko Jack Milko has been playing golf since he was five years old. He has yet to record a hole-in-one, but he did secure an M.A. in Sports Journalism from St. Bonaventure University.

The PGA of America will announce who will lead the Americans at the 2025 Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black on Tuesday, Jul. 9, in New York City—thirty miles east of where Bethpage Black will host the biennial competition for the first time.
Many golf fans and pundits have speculated that Tiger Woods will captain Team USA, as the 15-time major winner won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Woods also has a better resume than any other viable candidate, so it would make sense for him to do so

But James Corrigan of The Telegraph reports that Woods turned down the captaincy for next year’s competition. In prior months, Woods said that he has had a lot on his plate, especially with the PGA Tour, given his position on the Policy Board as it continues to work on a deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). Woods also noted that he has had discussions with the PGA of America about leading the Americans. Yet, neither side finalized an agreement, with Woods worrying about the commitment the position would require.
“I’m dedicating so much time to what we’re doing with the PGA Tour; I don’t want to not fulfill the role of the captaincy if I can’t do it,” Woods said at this year’s PGA Championship.

“What that all entails and representing Team USA and the commitments to the PGA of America, the players, the fans, and, as I said, all of Team USA. I need to feel that I can give the amount of time that it deserves.”

As such, it appears that the PGA of America will wait two more years before asking Woods to lead Team USA again. Adare Manor in Ireland will host the 2027 Ryder Cup—the course and resort owned by J.P. McManus, the Irish businessman and philanthropist who also doubles as a close confidante of Woods. In addition, by then, Woods and the other stakeholders will hopefully have resolved golf’s current schism, which would alleviate Woods of plenty of commitments, thus giving him more time to dedicate to the Ryder Cup.

So, here are five other candidates—in order of least likely to most likely—of who could lead the Americans next September at Bethpage Black:
The New York crowd loves to call Phil Mickelson one of their own. He is beloved at Bethpage Black, Winged Foot, Shinnecock Hills, and every other course in the Tri-State area. Mickelson came close to winning the U.S. Open on three occasions at Bethpage Black and Winged Foot, finishing runner-up in 2002, 2006, and 2009.

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