CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Tuesday afternoon, Davis Love III sat in perhaps the most enviable seat in golf: The U.S. Captain's chair.
Fresh off the Americans' dominant win over Europe in the Ryder Cup, Love takes over the team for next year's Presidents Cup against the International team.
That event will be held at Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club on Sept. 19-25, 2022.
Love, who was born in Charlotte, has quite the talented group to guide next year.
"That crew, they said it in the press conference, have been playing since grade school," Love said. "It's a group of guys that are young, they've played a lot of golf together and they hang out together."
Charlotte's Presidents Cup will be the first in the Southeastern United States.
A player favorite, Quail Hollow will transform for the fall event, re-routing several holes including the famed "Green Mile" finish.
Instead of No.'s 16, 17 and 18, those holes will be No.'s 13-15.
"The drama and emotion that is synonymous with match play," Executive Director Adam Sperling said. "It's an incredible stage for dramatic competition."
The teams are already talking about strategy, especially in those potential clinching holes.
"It's a natural amphitheater," Trevor Immelman, sitting in front of No. 18, which will be No. 15, said. "It's stadium golf. People are going to be able to pack in. It's going to be loud, rowdy and fantastic."
It could be a showdown all the way through Sunday and should be one of the top sporting events the Queen City has ever hosted.
"Eventually you've got to stand up on whatever you call No. 17, and you still have to not hit it in the water," Love said. "The players love to show off and there's not going to be a better stage than these three holes."
The Presidents Cup and Mayor Vi Lyles are also expected to unveil a new Uptown Charlotte mural Wednesday, featuring Love and Immelman as well as a logo designed to highlight the Quail Hollow Club.
"The City of Charlotte is a melting pot defined by art, culture, major league sports, commerce and so much more, continually growing as an international destination," Lyles said in a statement. "As I look up at this mural, it makes me proud to see various areas of our community coming together to support one another. The Presidents Cup will create an exciting and impactful event for our community, and we look forward to seeing it come to life over this next year as the City of Charlotte further cements its reputation as a global sports destination."