Originally created 10/25/02

Sutton chosen to be U.S. Ryder Cup captain



BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Hal Sutton will be the U.S. captain for the 2004 Ryder Cup, chosen in hopes that he can bring the same emotional leadership he had as a player.

The PGA of America made the announcement Thursday at Oakland Hills Country Club outside Detroit, where the next competition between the United States and Europe will be played.

"I'm overwhelmed, honored and am looking forward to the challenge," Sutton said.

Europe has held the Cup after six of the last nine matches, including last month, when it won by the largest margin in 17 years. Curtis Strange, who captained the U.S. team, was criticized for putting his two top players - Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods - at the bottom of the lineup.

Sutton recently said that if he were asked to be the team's captain, he wouldn't be afraid of such criticism.

The Louisiana native will be 46 at the next Ryder Cup, although he still plans to play a full schedule on the PGA Tour next year.

The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, reported Tuesday that Sutton would be the choice.