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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 23:35 GMT 00:35 UK
One Hal of a good talker
By John Mathews
BBC Sport at Oakland Hills

American Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton
Hal certainly had plenty to say...

Never mind the golf, the real star at this Ryder Cup has been United States captain Hal Sutton.

The strutting straight-talker from Shreveport, Louisiana has been the stand-out character at Oakland Hills all week and his media conferences have been standing room-only occasions.

Here is a small selection of his finest quotes that have kept everyone amused and bemused:

I've been licking my chops over it. I don't think he's in any sort of slump - I aspire to be in his slumps. Buckle your chin straps.
On Tiger Woods' form before the Ryder Cup.

Hey Tiger, it's time you felt this is important
The pep talk he would give to fire up Woods.

Y'all have been kind of like a bad marriage partner. We've apologised for five years for what happened.
Annoyed with Europe's obsession with the Brookline controversy.

Look man, you're a star running back and I'm the best pulling guard you've ever seen. I'm going to run interference for you.
Telling Chris Riley not to worry.

I know maybe y'all haven't seen the plan, but we've seen the plan. Everybody is excited.
He knows what he's doing.

They thanked me. They boiled with sincerity in their eyes. It wasn't lukewarm, it was boiling.
Were Woods and Phil Mickelson happy to be paired together?

Well, we made history today.
After the US trailed Europe 6 -1 on day one.

They would have been cheering pars and bogeys if they had been cheering.
Why weren't the American fans getting fired up?

We're going to have a team meeting. I'm going to put my cowboy hat back on. This time I may get the reins out too and make them wet.
How can he make the players respond?

You kept the Americans from getting skunked today.
To Chris Riley after his half point in the fourballs.

If I, a 42-year-old with a fat belly, went five straight matches in '99, I'm sure a 30-year-old flat-belly that's hyper can go four.
To Chris Riley after he asked to be rested from the foursomes.

We just never got the charisma going that we needed.
What went wrong Hal?

I'm going to hug my kid tomorrow and everything will be great.
What's next captain?



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