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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 07:20 GMT 08:20 UK
Sutton the right choice?
Hal Sutton has been given the task to bringing the Ryder Cup back to the USA
Hal Sutton is named as the United States' Ryder Cup captain for 2004.

Will he lead the USA to glory?


Sutton, who was on the United States team at the 2002 Ryder Cup at The Belfry, was unveiled as Curtis Strange's successor on Thursday.

The USA went into this year's event as favourites, but lost to Europe by the largest margin in 17 years.

Sutton has endured a torrid career, and his personal life has often attracted as much attention as his exploits on the course.

Can he succeed where Strange failed?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.

At least Hal Sutton has something approaching character. Sadly golf is now full of great golfers but most have zero personality. The USA tour is loaded with dull, dull men. Toms, Duval, and the biggest yawn of the all, Love. So good luck to Hal...at least he shows some spice.
Neil, Florida


There were far better candidates out there
Grant, Bermuda

Sutton was superb in Brookline, 1999. He secured three points for the US and was by far their most consistently good player that year.

At this year's cup, he demonstrated what a great ambassador for the sport he is with his display of sportsmanship whilst remaining patriotic to the end.

He's seen the ups and the downs and for me the perfect choice as the next US Ryder Cup captain.
Pippo Valore, England

There were far better candidates out there - Azinger, O'Meara, even Couples to name but a few.

But great for us - I think he is the kind of character, who leading the US team, the Europeans will be determined to beat.
Grant, Bermuda

I worked at this year's Ryder Cup and looked after Hal on the final practise day and found his attitude to the whole event exemplary, unlike others I could mention.

When it was all over he walked off the 18th with his arm around Lee Westwood congratulating him on the result, not moping like some.

With him at the helm of the US team, you can guarantee that the golf will be more important any than individuals.
Jeff Smith, England


Hal will prove a popular choice with the American players
Andrew Watson, Scotland

I honestly don't think it makes any difference who the captain is. Sam Torrance was hailed as a brilliant captain (and Curtis Strange lambasted in the US) because of the way he loaded the top end of the order in the singles, but it so easily could have gone the other way, making him look stupid.

It would probably be just as effective to put all the names in a hat and pull them out at random. It would be interesting to see how the order would be dissected and analysed for tactical genius, in Andy Gray over-complicating fashion, and then revealed afterwards to be totally by chance. I fear it would make quite a few so called "analysts" look fairly ridiculous.
Des Clarke, England

Sutton has always played Ryder Cups in a very competitive manner, but I was a bit surprised by his selection. Surely the man to sort out Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup "demons" is Mark O'Meara.
Sean, London

Congratulations to Hal Sutton. Although not recognised as one of the elite golfers in the world, he is a very popular figure on the tour and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career.

Hal will prove a popular choice with the American players; however, he is not the most inspiring of people and for this reason I cannot see him leading his team to victory. Woosnam for Europe!
Andrew Watson, Scotland

Perfect choice - should mean Europe retain the trophy!
Brownie, UK

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