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Sutton Langer Pairing a Ryder Cup Preview

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) -- It was a noteworthy pairing for Ryder Cup fans: U.S. captain Hal Sutton and potential European captain Bernard Langer.
The two played together Thursday and Friday in the first two rounds of the FBR Capital Open. Sutton said the subject of next year's competition at Oakland Hills in Michigan came up only once.
Hal Sutton'One time, I asked him if he was going to be the next captain,' Sutton said. 'He said he hadn't even put his name in as a possibility.'
Langer, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle are considered the favorites to lead the European team.
'I've been thinking a lot about it,' Langer said, 'because I believe I'm one of those who might get a chance. I have to make this decision in a few weeks at the British Open, whether I want to be considered or not, and take it from there.'
For years, there's been speculation about what it was that made the TPC at Avenel course so conducive for younger players.
This event has produced 10 first-time PGA Tour winners since 1980.
Rookie Tom Gillis, who would like to become No. 11, has an answer.
'I don't think it's the golf course,' said Gillis, who is tied for second after a second-round 68. 'I think it's the time of the year.'
Gillis noted that the Capital Open usually follows high-profile events such as the Byron Nelson, Colonial and Memorial. After that run, the veterans usually want a break, allowing the fringe players to get in the field.
Before this week, Gillis had played in only seven events, making the cut just twice.
'From here on out, looking at the schedule, I'm probably going to get in quite a bit of events the rest of the summer,' Gillis said. 'That's relaxing for me. I think the early part of the year, there was pressure to get out and play well.'
Troy Matteson, the 2002 NCAA champion from Georgia Tech, made the cut in his professional debut. He has posted rounds of 69 and 71 and is tied for 24th. ... Fresno State All-American Nick Watney missed the cut with a 148 in his first pro start. ... Corey Pavin had a hard-luck par at the 18th hole when a gust of wind moved the ball as he was preparing to putt, costing him a penalty stroke. He shot a 69 on the day, but missed the cut by two strokes. ... Scott Hoch also missed the cut by two strokes, the first time he's failed to make the weekend at the TPC at Avenel. He was 14-for-14 since the tournament moved here in 1987, one short of the record streak of 15 by Hale Irwin. ... Hoch has missed the cut in five straight tournaments, the longest streak of his career. ... Phil Mickelson missed the cut by one stroke with a 145, the second time this year he has missed a cut the week before a major. ... The cut was at 2-over-par 144, the highest at this event since 1999.
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