Davis Love feels that the USA are now heading down the right path to win back the Ryder Cup, following his recent appointment as captain for the 2016 event in Hazeltine.
The days when the Americans dominated the biennial tournament are now long gone as Europe have won eight of the last 10 contests, and they handed out another defeat to the men from across the Atlantic at Gleneagles last September.
European captain Paul McGinley out-thought his US rival Tom Watson, who was then slated by Phil Mickelson after the competition for the way he handled things north of the border.
The veteran left-hander called for change and a task force was then set up to try and find the right man and the right approach for future US teams.
They did not have to look far for the captain, as Love was in charge of the 2012 USA team that were stunned on the final day as Europe came back in dramatic fashion in a match now termed the ‘miracle at Medinah’.
But the 50-year-old insists there will be no baggage from that devastating loss when he leads the team next year and feels the future of the team going forward is now in good hands.
“I’m here with the same goal I had in 2012 but not as the same captain,” he said. “The Ryder Cup task force has been an open, honest, team-building experience.
“The collaborative effort of so many veterans of the Ryder Cup is a result of the passion and commitment to build a team structure that will lay the groundwork for future teams.”