Sutton 2004 Ryder Cup Captain

By Associated PressOctober 22, 2002, 4:00 pm
NEW YORK -- Hal Sutton has agreed to be the Ryder Cup captain for the United States in 2004 after serving as the team's emotional leader as a player.
Sutton met with PGA of America executives last week during the Disney World Golf Classic, according to a PGA Tour source who spoke only on condition of anonymity. He decided to accept the job after talking it over with his family, the source said.
The PGA of America said the captain will be announced Thursday.
The 2004 matches will be played at Oakland Hills Country Club outside Detroit.

Sutton will be in charge of bringing the Ryder Cup back to the United States after the Americans lost to Europe at The Belfry by the largest margin in 17 years. Europe has taken the Ryder Cup home after six of the past nine meetings.
U.S. captain Curtis Strange was criticized for putting his best two players -- Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods -- at the bottom of the lineup, although Mickelson wound up losing a critical match to Phillip Price, ranked 119th.
Sutton was asked last week at Disney about the criticism that losing Ryder Cup captains always receive, saying that would never keep him from accepting the job.
'The neat part about that is you're in a big enough position that everybody not making that decision can sit around and criticize you,' Sutton said. 'If you're afraid to be second-guessed, you better not make any decisions.'
Paul McGinley clinched the Ryder Cup for Europe by making a 12-foot birdie on the 17th hole to square his match with Jim Furyk, then tying the final hole for a half-point by making an 8-foot par putt.
'We shouldn't lose these things the way we're losing them,' Sutton said last week. 'There's way too much talent over here.'
Asked about his prospects of being a Ryder Cup captain, Sutton said at Disney that he would be honored if asked.
'Making Ryder Cup teams, whether as a player or a captain, is what you strive to do when you're young or old,' he said.
Reached on his cell phone Tuesday, Sutton declined to confirm his selection.
He will be 46 at the next Ryder Cup, although he still plans to play a full schedule on the PGA Tour next year. One reason he was thought to be hesitant about the offer was the appearance that he was giving up on his tour career.
He has won 14 times in a career of amazing peaks and shocking lows.
Sutton was considered golf's next star when he beat Jack Nicklaus in the 1983 PGA Championship at Riviera. He won seven times in his first five years, but then went into a deep slump, winning just one tournament over the next 11 years.
His return to top play was just as stunning.
He won the 1998 Tour Championship, one of six tournaments he has won since turning 40. Another was The Players Championship in 2000, when he went toe-to-toe with Woods in the final round and beat him by one stroke.
Sutton played on four Ryder Cup teams, none more memorable than 1999, when he was the anchor of a U.S. team that rallied to beat Europe at Brookline. Sutton went 3-1-1.
He has had nagging back injuries and sleep apnea the last 18 months, but still rallied to win an alternate-shot match with Scott Verplank at The Belfry. Sutton was 1-1, losing to Bernhard Langer in singles.
Europe's captain is expected to be chosen by the end of the year. Langer and Ian Woosnam are among the candidates.

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Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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“We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

“The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

"The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.