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.