Hal Sutton criticises Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III for his self-centred attitude towards the sport
Hal Sutton, one of the rampaging PGA Tour players of the late 80’s and late 90’s, has taken a dig at the current Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and says that none of the Captains in today’s sport play for the sport itself.
Sutton, who captained the Ryder Cup American team in the year 2004, is known for his reckless decision of pairing Tiger Woods with Phil Mickelson in the opening round and the American team suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in the Ryder Cup history.
The Americans lost with a huge margin of 18 ½ to 9 ½ trouncing at Oakland Hills Country Club.
He was speaking at the “Morning Drive” on Golf Channel on Tuesday alongside Robert Allenby.
He said, “I don't know that guys are following anyone but their own selves today. We live in a pretty selfish world. It's not a criticism, in my mind that's a fact. In order to be a leader you've got to understand that from the beginning. These guys don't
want to follow anybody. The hard part about being a captain is you're the greatest guy in the world if you win and did the worse job in the world if you lose and you never hit a shot. And with golf I think there's more to it than that”.
The European and American teams are all gearing up for this year’s episode of the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Chicago and with the recent American victories at 2011 PGA Championship and the Masters this year, they will be hoping to revenge their
loss in 2010.
Sutton, who appeared on the PGA Tour in the year 1982 when he won the Walt Disney World Golf Classic, has won no fewer than 15 professional events in his career.
He pulled his first and the last major title at the PGA Championship in 1983 and broke into the top-ten on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) at the beginning of his career.
Later years on the tour, however did not prove to be as prolific for Sutton as his opening years and he slid to obscurity and remained winless from 1986 to 1995.
While on the verge of almost losing his PGA Tour card, Sutton reappeared in the headlines with his victory at the B.C Open and went over to win several titles before his official retirement from the sport.