Stricker’s First USA Ryder Cup Captaincy Task To Address Unruly Crowd Behaviour

One of Steve Stricker’s first tasks when he is certainly named 2020 USA Ryder Cup captaincy on Wednesday will be speak about growing unsavoury crowd behaviour at the bienniel event.

Stricker, and like Harrington being handed the European Team leadership, is very much the stand-out choice to the lead the American team into competition later next year at Whistling Straits.

And like Harrington, Stricker ticks all the USA captaincy boxes and more.

Stricker is extremely popular among his PGA Tour peers and also being Wisconsin born, bred and in residence just over a 2-hour drive from the host venue means Stricker is the overwhelming book-makers favourite to replace Jim Furyk.

Steve Stricker to be confirmed on Wednesday as 2020 USA Ryder Cup Captain.

The now 51-year old Stricker has played in three Ryder Cup’s (2008, 2010 and 2012) while he has matched Harrington in being a vice-captain on three occasions (2014, 2016 and 2018).

Stricker also has also played on five winning USA Presidents Cup teams and was captain of the victorious 2017 USA side while he was chosen last week by 2019 USA Presidents Cup Captain, Tiger Woods to a vice-captain later this year in Australia.

However, in accepting the Ryder Cup captaincy on Wednesday, Stricker can be certain to touch on a sore point when it comes to spectator behaviour. We watched in disappointment at the 2016 Ryder Cup when Rory McIlroy was specially singled out for comments and remarks no spectator whether US or European wants to hear.

And Stricker was there in Versailles last September when he said he heard ‘out-of-order’ moments from some in the European fan base.

“We saw some scenes at Medinah and then being a US Ryder Cup vice-captain last September in France, there was also some unsavoury and ‘out-of’order’ moments so it seems it is creeping in to the Ryder Cup which is not nice,” said Stricker.

“So, hopefully all will be fine later next year at Whistling Straits.

“The thing is I would love to part of the 2020 Ryder Cup in my home State and to be appointed captain would be a huge honour and would be super cool.

“To try and win the cup back for the States right there in Wisconsin would be a great opportunity if they gave me the captaincy, and that’s the part I’m still waiting to hear.

“It’s not up to me but hopefully I will get the opportunity as it will be fun.”

The golfing world will learn of Stricker’s appointment at 8am ET (US) or 1pm UK time Wednesday.

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