Sutton Ready for Rest Not Ryder Cup

By Mercer BaggsOctober 18, 2002, 4:00 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- You cant mention the 2004 Ryder Cup without Hal Suttons name surfacing. The 44-year-old is the rumor-mill choice for U.S. captain. But mention it to him and youll get a sly smile and a succinct response.
Thats two years away, he said firmly after his opening-round 67 ' which matched his lowest score of the season ' in the Disney Golf Classic.
For now, Sutton has other things on his mind ' like his play.
The barrel-chested baritone is in the process of wrapping up one of his worst seasons ever as a professional. He shot 71 Friday to make his 11th cut in 26 starts this year, and has yet to record a top-10 finish.
This weeks event will be his last until 2003.
Im working on losing weight, spending time with my kids, he said.
The extra poundage Sutton has accumulated around the waist is due to his sleep apnea, a medial condition in which breathing stops repeatedly during sleep. Sutton is afforded rest by sleeping hooked up to a portable oxygen tank.
He said his sleeping has improved, which has added to his energy level, which, in turn, means its time to get in shape for next season ' his 22nd on the PGA Tour. Hes played at least 25 events since his first full season, in 1982, and has no plans of reducing his schedule.
Ill probably still play 25. At my age you cant play 15 or something like that and stay very competitive. I had to play 25 and havent been very competitive this year, he said.
The highlight of Suttons season was his four-ball victory with Scott Verplank on Day 1 of the Ryder Cup. He competed in only two matches, losing in the singles to Bernhard Langer, 5-and-4.
One of the reasons many believe Sutton will be the perfect captain for 04 is due to his thick skin and palpable patriotic pride.
Curtis Strange, the most recent U.S. captain, was heavily criticized for his Sunday singles line-up, in which he back-loaded his team ' with Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as the final three men out ' and lost the session, 7 - 4 . Consequently, the Europeans won back the Cup.
I thought Curtis did an excellent job, Sutton said. It was a 14-man decision where everybody went (on Sunday). He and Hubbie (vice captain Mike Hulbert) and all 12 guys ' you know, my name changed four positions while discussing it.
I felt like Curtis was stern when he needed to be and open-minded when he needed to be.
A four-time Ryder Cup member, Sutton is well aware of the slings and arrows fired into the captains lofty perch. He doesnt like the negativity, but hell be ready for it should he be next in line.
Probably the worst part about being captain is youre subject to all kinds of criticism ' everybody second-guesses every decision that you make.
If youre afraid to be second-guessed then you better not make any decisions, cause theres a whole bunch of second-guessers in the world.
But more worrisome than the attacks from armchair golfers is the fact that his country doesnt have the Cup, and its hard for him to explain why.
We need to, as a team, focus a lot more, he tried to explain. We shouldnt lose these things the way we lose them. Theres way too much talent over here.
Full-field scores from the Disney Golf Classic
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.