Davis Love will have successful Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples alongside him as America try to win back the Ryder Cup in Chicago in September.

But for another of his decisions in the build-up to the match Love has clearly been looking in the record books.

As well as naming close friends Couples and Mike Hulbert as the first two of his four assistants the 48-year-old has opted to start with foursomes.

That has happened only twice in the last seven matches - and they are the only two times the United States have come out on top.

The home captain can choose the order of the format. For Europe Seve Ballesteros (1997), Sam Torrance (2002), Ian Woosnam (2006) and Colin Montgomerie (2010) all went for fourballs first and all won.

For the Americans Ben Crenshaw and Paul Azinger went for foursomes first in 1999 and 2008 and triumphed, but when Hal Sutton stuck with fourballs six years ago he lost.

Couples, 52, has led the United States to victory in the last two Presidents Cups and with Love won four World Cups in a row from 1992 to 1995.

Hulbert, 54, was a three-time winner on the PGA Tour who even caddied for Love before joining the seniors circuit. He served as Curtis Strange's vice-captain at The Belfry in 2002.

"I've talked to Fred a lot since he's done so well the last couple of years with the Presidents Cup team," Love said.

"I've gotten a lot of advice from him, been surprised at his level of detail and his commitment to the Presidents Cup and I know that's why the guys are lobbying for him to do it over and over again.

"People see Freddie, he makes it look so easy and he's got this nice swing and he's always smiling and waving, but what's going on in his head, I think, is completely different.

"He really has a lot of pride in his game. It doesn't show, but he tries very, very hard."

One of the first calls Love received after he was named captain was from Strange, who told him that Hulbert was "the best assistant captain in the history of the Ryder Cup".

Love commented: "He knows a lot of guys out here and a lot of guys know him.

"Those two were my natural choices. My next two are going to be harder."

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal is also planning on four assistants, but is not expected to name any until after next month's Open Championship.

That is sensible given that the likes of Thomas Bjorn, Paul McGinley - favourite to lead the side at Gleneagles in 2014 - and Miguel Angel Jimenez could yet make a run at making the side.

Love is not ruling out playing himself. He would be the first playing captain since Arnold Palmer in 1963.