Woods Says Sutton Likely Ryder Cup Captain


Hal Sutton is the likely choice to captain the United States Ryder Cup team in two years according to a column by Tiger Woods on his website.
I'm already looking forward to the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. I hear Hal Sutton is going to be named the next captain of the U.S. team and I think he would be a great choice with his leadership and personality traits, Woods said on www.tigerwoods.com.
Sutton is a four-time Ryder Cup member. He made his first team in 12 years in 1999, when he went 3-1-1 and was an emotional leader for the victorious U.S. squad. This year, he went 1-1-0 in Americas 15 - 12 loss to the Europeans at The Belfry.
Curtis Strange captained the U.S. team last week. He was criticized for back-loading his Sunday singles line-up, leaving Woods and Phil Mickelson as the last two men out. The U.S. lost five of the first eight singles matches.
Woods said he and the other 11 team members supported their captain.
On Saturday night, all of the players had complete input on the Sunday pairings and were in total agreement with Curtis before he left to present his lineup. As close as the match was, we thought it would probably come down to the last few singles matches, he said.
Woods was criticized as well last week for what some deemed as his lack of enthusiasm for being in Sutton Coldfield, England. He was also beaten up by the European press for playing a practice round earlier in the morning than scheduled.
Before the matches started, I got criticized for playing an early practice round with Mark Calcavecchia on Thursday, which I thought was unfair. Curtis told us, 'Do whatever you usually do to prepare for a major championship.' As everyone knows, I like to play early, then go home and rest, he said.
That afternoon, Curtis came up and told me people were upset. Needless to say, I was very surprised.
Woods went 2-2-1, bringing his overall Ryder Cup record to 5-8-2.
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