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Previous U.S. captains had let the players influence their choice of four-ball and foursome partners. Not Hal Sutton. He kept his team clueless until Wednesday night, then barked his orders: "Toms! Furyk! Pair up!" The players, starved for leadership, fell into line.
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0 Beer concessions on the course. Alcohol was not allowed outside the clubhouse and hospitality tents.
Hal Sutton knew the media would jump on Phil Mickelson's absence from the Wednesday practice round, so the U.S. captain offered a reasonable defense: "He told me that he didn't play on Wednesdays of majors," Sutton said, "and he thought this was a major, and he wasn't going to change his routine." Sutton's next-day disclosure--that he had sent Lefty to another course to practice with the Nike ball he would have to share with Tiger Woods in their Friday foursomes match--left the suckered scribes and talking heads feeling violated.
Let's see, he's criticized for his match-play record, must shoot down a rumor that he's split with his fianc�e, gets a talking-to from Captain Hal and then is paired with Anybody But Him. How fired up would you be?
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