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Hal Sutton - United States Team Captain for The 2004 Ryder Cup Matches
Hal Sutton - United States Team Captain for The 2004 Ryder Cup Matches

Hal Sutton - United States Team Captain for The 2004 Ryder Cup Matches

August 19, 2004

Hal Sutton Named as US Captain

Hal Sutton, a member of four United States Ryder Cup Teams and winner of the 1983 US PGA Championship, has been named by the PGA of America as Captain of the 2004 US Ryder Cup Team.

Sutton, 44, will take charge of the US Team for The 35th Ryder Cup Matches to be played at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan from 17-19 September, 2004, Born in Louisiana, he competed on the 1985, 1987, 1999 and 2001 Ryder Cup Teams, and left his mark in the event by winning three and a half points in 1999 to galvanise the US fightback in their victory over Europe at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The winner of 14 US PGA Tour events, Sutton became only the third wire-to-wire winner of a US PGA Championship when he captured the 1983 Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Sutton is the 23rd United States Ryder Cup Captain and the 14th US PGA Champion to guide a team in one of the world's most compelling sports events. Sutton will lead a US Team that seeks to regain The Ryder Cup which was won by Europe 15 1/2 - 12 1/2 The De Vere Belfry last month.

He was unveiled at a news conference at Oakland Hills Country Club and said: "I'm overwhelmed and honoured. I'm in awe of it, to be honest, but it has to be the greatest honour that can be bestowed on any golfer and I am looking forward to the challenge.

"I am going to do my best to bring the cup back to the USA. We are loaded with talent in the United States and we just need to let that talent to shine through."

Since 1987, The Ryder Cup has been decided by a total of three points or less, with three of the last five Matches decided by 14 1/2 -13 1/2 margins. Europe has won The Ryder Cup in six of the last nine competitions.

"Hal Sutton's passion for the game, his drive to become a champion and his leadership in past Ryder Cup Matches make him the ideal leader to guide the American team in the 2004 Matches," said PGA of America President Jack Connelly.

"Hal was a key member of past Ryder Cup Teams and his performances have earned him the respect of his teammates as well as many around the world." A native and resident of Shreveport, Louisiana., Sutton won the 1980 US Amateur Championship and turned professional the following year. One of the most successful players of the 1980s, Sutton won the 1983 PGA Player of the Year Award.

He joins a succession of golf's greatest players in the role of Ryder Cup Captain. Walter Hagen, the first Captain in 1927, was followed by such legendary performers as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino.

Oakland Hills Country Club, one of the most active sites of championship golf in America, will host its first Ryder Cup Matches. During World War II, Oakland Hills hosted exhibition charity matches involving the 1940 and 1942 US Ryder Cup Teams that were unable to face Europe.

Oakland Hills has hosted six US Open Championships, the 1972 and 1979 US PGA Championships, the 1981 and 1991 US Senior Open, the 1929 US Women's Amateur Championship and the 2002 US Amateur Championship. In 2008, Oakland Hills will host the 90th PGA Championship.

The PGA of America's point system to determine ten of the 12 members of the US. Ryder Cup Team began in January 2002, and concludes August 15, 2004, at the 86th US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

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