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Hal Sutton confirmed as Ryder Cup Captain

Hal Sutton was named captain of the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team on Thursday by the PGA of America at the Oakland Hills Country Club, the venue for the match against Europe.

The 44-year-old Sutton has played in four Ryder Cups, including the winning 1999 side at Brookline and the team that lost at The Belfry last month.

"I kind of knew that they were going to make him (Sutton) captain," said Sam Torrance, who captained Europe to their latest triumph. "He is a good man and good luck to him. He will make a good captain."

The Louisiana native also participated in the 1985 and 1987 matches. His record in four Ryder Cups is 7-5-4, including one win and one loss at The Belfry.

Sutton, a winner of 14 tournaments on the PGA Tour, plans to play a full schedule next season. He will be 46 when the Ryder Cup comes around.

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