Hal Sutton - April 24, 2012


Sutton is a 2-time PLAYERS Champion in 1983 and 2000 as well as the 1983 PGA Champion and 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain. He thinks more about being a great golfer today than he thinks about the 2000 PLAYERS or any of his past successes. One of the biggest surprises he got when he joined the Champions Tour after being away from competitive golf for 5 years was that many people remembered the “Be the Right Club Today!” moment and would yell it to him.

Equipment has changed so much since 2000 in the sense that years ago, you could use the same equipment for years but many players now feel the need to and do switch clubs every six months because otherwise you fall behind other players when it comes to technological advances.

When asked about Davis Love III and knowing how to work with players, he said that that was the $64,000 question in that he has no idea how to relate to players anymore and it was difficult even when he was playing. What Love III needs to do is to do his best to let his players be themselves and do their job out there. He doubts that players are following anyone today so if you are going to be a leader or a team captain, you have to understand that going in if you are going to be effective.

American players are united by a love for country and that can make U.S. players uptight in team competitions whereas European players are not under the same pressure. The toughest part of being a U.S. or European Captain is that if you win, you get all of the credit but if you lose, you get all of the blame.