As the US looks to snap their Ryder Cup woes they appointed Tom Lehman as their captain for the 2006 match played in Ireland. Many people think that Tom Lehman is an underachiever in comparison to past Ryder Cup captains as he won only 5 times on tour. 1996 clearly marked the high point in Lehman's career as he won the British Open and the Tour Championship. He also won player of the year and was the money leader. He had a chance to win all four majors that year finishing in the top 10.
What sets Lehman aside from the captains of the past two years is his ability to win in the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup was much bigger then major championships to Tom Lehman and it shows as his record is 5-3-2 including 3-0 in his individual matches. He's already that he'll select players who are winning. If someone steps up big toward the end of the summer and is playing hot Lehman won't be afraid to make that player a captain's pick. That will include himself. We have not had a Ryder Cup captain play in the event since 1963 when Arnold Palmer played at East Lake. Watch out Europe, the last thing you want to see is a fired up Lehman playing on Sunday of the Ryder Cup.