I'm going to have a difficult time maintaining the required objectivity as part of Team Star Tribune when the 2016 Ryder Cup is held at Hazeltine National.

First, the Europeans always seem to have a more effervescent group of personalities in this competition, and that surely will be case in 2016 with Rory McIlroy leading the way.

And now the Ryder Cup captains have been determined for Hazeltine:

Darren Clarke, the most affable of Irishmen, has been announced as the leader of Europe. Davis Love III, who was in charge for the United States' great choke at Medinah in 2012, will soon be announced as the U.S. captain.

How can the PGA of America put Minnesotans in this position, of rabidly rooting for an outcome that is the equivalent of rooting for Duke to win the NCAA men's basketball title?

I protest. If the PGA wanted to give someone a chance for redemption as a Ryder Cup captain, why not Tom Lehman? Then, we could be in this together.

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