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It has been over five months since Luke Donald was re-appointed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2025 Ryder Cup match at Bethpage.

For Team USA, however, the wait goes on to appoint a new leader.

The gig is understood to be Tiger Woods’ if he wants it. So far, however, the 15-time major winner has been non-committal on taking the job amid the ongoing strife in the men’s professional game and given his commitments to the PGA Tour as a Player Director.

With the match only 16 months away, a little unease is starting to creep in Stateside as to who will take up the reins from Zach Johnson.

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One man who’s not concerned? The PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.

Speaking on the eve of the PGA Championship at Valhalla – site of the USA’s 2008 Ryder Cup victory – Waugh refused to set a deadline on how long the organisation is prepared to wait for Woods, insisting that he and colleagues are prepared to wait for their man.

“We’ve had conversations for months,” said Waugh. “We’ve also had conversations as the Ryder Cup committee, multiple conversations, about [other] potential captains.

“That’s one of his many superpowers, that ability to sort of tunnel in and he doesn’t do anything that he’s not fully committed to. We totally respect that.

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“He’s got a lot on his plate right now. He’s very active, obviously, on the tour side of things. We want to give him and the committee space to decide how it plays out.”

Waugh added: “Everybody has a timeline for this, and I realise you guys want news, but we’ve picked captains later than this. We’ve picked captains earlier than this. Luke Donald was named a year out [for the 2023 match] and they had a pretty good performance, for instance. 

“So we think there’s plenty of time and putting an artificial date on is is not something we need to do. 

“We’ve committed to continue the conversations. He’s playing in a major this week and we’ll re-engage in the next week or so. 

“[But] Bethpage is going to be epic. I really believe it’s gonna be the Ryder Cup of Ryder Cups.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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