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.
 

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.