Sutton Joins US UBS Cup Squad

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 15, 2003, 4:00 pm
Hal Sutton, the captain of the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team, has been named to the United States team for the 2003 UBS Cup Nov. 20-23 at Sea Island, Ga.
 
Sutton becomes the ninth member of the 12-man U.S. team. He joins captain Arnold Palmer, Brad Faxon, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Mark OMeara, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange and Tom Watson on a team that will be going after its third consecutive UBS Cup title. The U.S. won the inaugural meeting, 12 - 11, at Kiawah Island in 2001, and 14 - 9, at Sea Island in 2002.
 
Although Sutton will be playing in the UBS Cup for the first time, he is no stranger to the format. He played on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams and played a key role in sparking an American comeback in the 1999 match at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
 
Sutton has a 7-5-4 record in Ryder Cup matches, including a 3-1-1 record in 1999. He was the inspirational leader of the 1999 team because of his desire and passion for the game.
 
I love this kind of challenge, Sutton said. All of the players love it. We have to play not only for ourselves, but for each other and for the team.
 
Sutton, 45, is a 22-year veteran on the PGA Tour. He owns 14 career victories, including the 1983 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, where he defeated Jack Nicklaus by one stroke. That victory, plus his win in the Players Championship earlier that year, helped earn him PGA of America and Golf Writers Association of America Player of the Year honors.
 
A native and resident of Shreveport, La., Sutton won the 1980 U.S. Amateur, then turned professional the following year. He was voted the PGA Tours Rookie of the Year on the strength of three runner-up finishes.
 
Suttons major championship means the nine Americans on the team now own a combined 28 major championships (nine Masters Tournaments, nine U.S. Opens, nine British Opens and 1 PGA Championship).
 
The naming of Sutton gives the U.S. team a formidable presence in the match-play event that features two teams of six players age 40-49 and six players 50 and older.
 
The Rest of the World team, which has named seven players, will feature some of golfs greatest international stars. European legend Tony Jacklin is the captain of the team that includes Nick Faldo, Rodger Davis, Barry Lane, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam.
 
The third annual UBS Cup will be played in St. Simons Island, Ga. The United States will be defending its title against the Rest of the World in the $3 million, match-play event that features two 12-man teams competing in a Ryder-Cup style format.
 
Palmers reign as captain of the United States team included victories in the first two UBS Cup tournaments, and he was the winning captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1963 and 1975. Jacklin takes over from Gary Player, who was the Rest of the World captain for the first two UBS Cups. The UBS Cup is sanctioned by the European Seniors Tour and the PGA Tour.
 
Six Foursome matches will be played on Friday, six four-ball matches on Saturday, and 12 singles matches will conclude play on Sunday.. A pro-am will precede the competition on Thursday.
 
The Golf Channel will devote 45 hours of worldwide coverage to the UBS Cup.
 
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.