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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September, 2004, 02:00 GMT 03:00 UK
Sutton rues mistakes
US Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton admitted that his choice of pairings had cost his team dearly in their 18-9 defeat to Europe.

"I made mistakes, and I take full responsibility for the mistakes that I made," said Sutton.

"I thought there was no bad way to pair our 12 guys. Obviously the pairings we sent out didn't create any charisma."

But he added: "The truth is the Europeans were the best players this week. They played ferociously."

Davis Love defended Sutton after criticism of the US captain's tactics.

"You take 12 of the best players in the world and put them out there and they have got to play," said Love.

"If you're going to point the blame at anybody, you better point it at the guys that are on the golf course not at the captain.

"We want to win so much. That's where the pressure comes from. We try so hard to win that we don't play well."

We'll come back and get them next time
Kenny Perry

Fred Funk said he was not surprised that Europe had won the match.

He told the official Ryder Cup website: "The media always plays on them as the underdog, but they are really good players. They are by far not underdogs.

"I don't think either team is an underdog, it's so evenly matched from top to bottom, and the nature of the matches normally make it a close match anyway.

"This year was a very big upset as far as the margin, but I don't consider it an upset that we lost. I consider it an upset that it was such a wide margin."

Kenny Perry claimed that it would get harder for the United States to win the Ryder Cup or any other international competition.

"It's getting very hard for us to win these type of events when the rest of the world other than the United States is getting bigger and better at golf.

"Just think, you know, you've got countries like Russia and China and all of these other countries that are playing golf - seriously, wait 20 years," he said.

But he believes the current team can bounce back when the next Ryder Cup takes place in Ireland in 2006.

"In two years we'll be back and hopefully we've got the core of our team right here and we know how badly this stings and we'll come back and get them next time," he added.

And what some of the other Americans said...

Tiger Woods
"I was responsible for five points and I didn't get the job done. We came as a team and we lost as a team."

Phil Mickelson
"No matter what the world rankings say, I think we'll be the underdogs next time."

Jim Furyk
"It's been four of the last five Ryder Cups now - none of us wants to sit up here and say we lost, but that's the way it is."

David Toms
"It looked like it was going to go pretty well for us, but then it all went south in the afternoon."



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