Davis Love III has revealed his ambition to become the first Ryder Cup captain since 1963 to also play for his team.
It was Arnold Palmer who last achieved the feat nearly 50 years ago, and Love is keen to emulate a genuine legend of the game.
The 46-year-old will tee off in the Honda Classic at Palm Gardens this week as he seeks to boost his qualification prospects for the contest with Europe.
Since Palmer's time, the Ryder Cup has taken on new meaning for the US, who used to win it with ease back then.
Now the American's are often the underdogs and Love admitted his side will have to be on top of their game to regain the famous trophy in 2012.
He will be taking advantage of all his experience in the competition, including the things he learnt from the defeat in Wales, when Corey Pavin was captain.
"I want to make sure the 12 guys that play on the next Ryder Cup team get that same experience I got," Love said.