Fred Couples: Me the next Ryder Cup captain? I'm far too OLD to take the job now

It looks like Bam Bam has ruled himself out, despite always telling the media he would be interested in the job. 

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Fri, 8 Oct 2021

Fred Couples: Me the next Ryder Cup captain? I'm far too OLD to take the job now

He's fresh off a stint as a successful vice-captain to Steve Stricker as the United States dismantled Europe at Whistling Straits.

But it looks like Fred Couples won't be the next captain after the comments he made to the media at the PGA Tour Champions this week. 

Couples is teeing it up this week at the Constellation Furyk & Friends at the Timuquana Country Club in a stacked field. 

Stricker took the time to bring the winning hardware and showed it off before the tournament. 

But Couples told the media: "Now I’m a little old for the system. I mean, would I like to be Ryder Cup captain? Of course, but that’s probably not going to happen." 

Couples, 62, was talking after the Pro-Am.

It is unlikely that Couples would have been picked for the job next anyway. 

Most United States fans want Stricker to continue in the role, but Zach Johnson is the heavy favourite.

There's also the small matter of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods taking charge at some point. 

Couples watched on as the United States won 19-9 at Whistling Straits against an ageing European side. 

He was in charge of the pod of Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay. 

Couples watched on as Johnson won all five of his matches. 

While that entire group went for a 14-1-2 record. 

"I can just see in their eye something’s going on. And it’s easy. Golf is kind of secondary for me. I was a good player and I knew my game, but I can feel out other people’s games pretty easily, I just have a knack for saying ‘what’s going on? and I enjoy that," Couples added.

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