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Curtis Strange confirmed as next US Ryder Cup Captain

Strange to be named next Ryder Cup captain Monday ?
Curtis Strange hopeful for Ryder Cup captaincy

Curtis Strange hopeful for Ryder Cup captaincy

While Curtis Strange says he would be honoured to be the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for the 2001 matches in England, a spokesman for the two-time U.S. Open champion said today he has not been offered the job.

"In fact, he has not spoken to anyone from the PGA of America since the conclusion of the last Ryder Cup at Brookline," said Bev Norwood of International Management Group.

The Houston Chronicle cited several unidentified sources in a story in today's editions that said the 44-year-old Strange had agreed to be the captain for the matches to be held at the Belfry.

PGA spokesman Julius Mason said a replacement for Ben Crenshaw has not been named and an announcement was not immediately planned.

"Our goal is to have a captain for the 34th Ryder Cup Matches by the end of the year," Mason said.

Strange has been regarded as the front-runner since the Ryder Cup ended at The Country Club, where the Americans staged the greatest comeback in the Cup's 72-year history, winning for the first time since 1993.

Strange is still involved with the current PGA Tour players and is not hurt by his work as an analyst for ABC Sports. He also has some player support.

"I think Curtis would do a great job," Justin Leonard said. "I don't know who the PGA of America is thinking about, but he would certainly be on my short list."

During the Buick Challenge, Strange said only that "everybody would treat it as a tremendous honour to go to the Belfry and be a captain. But haven't talked to anybody, so I don't know."

The newspaper cited sources as saying Strange is the only player on the PGA's list.

It also quoted a player who requested anonymity as saying, "Curtis is absolutely pumped about it. And the players will have a different sort of respect for him once they see those fiery eyes."