Tiger, Lefty on Ryder Cup task force

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are two members of an 11-man task force appointed by the PGA of America to oversee the United States’ Ryder Cup process.

The United States leads the Ryder Cup series, 25-13-2, but Europe has won eight of the last 10 matches following a 16 1/2-11 1/2 victory last month at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.

“This is a great step by the PGA to accomplish what we all want — to win the Ryder Cup,” Woods said in a statement issued by the PGA.

PGA chief executive Pete Bevacqua and Derek Sprague, who is next in line to be president of the PGA of America, are co-chairmen of the task force.

Other members of the group include Davis Love III, Tom Lehman and Raymond Floyd, all three former U.S. Ryder Cup captains, plus Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler.

Mickelson criticized Captain Tom Watson, the last American captain to win the Ryder Cup on European soil in 1993, for his strategy and lack of communication at Gleneagles, and said the U.S. had gotten away from the system employed by Captain Paul Azinger when the Americans last won the biennial event in 2008 at Valhalla.

Azinger, who has been very vocal about the Ryder Cup and has the support of several players, declined to take a spot on the task force.

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