Haas, Cink named Ryder picks


August 17, 2004|By Randall Mell | Randall Mell,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

In this long-hitting era of Bunyanesque drivers, Hal Sutton relied on a sage old friend for advice on filling out the U.S. Ryder Cup team yesterday with the announcement of his two captain's picks.

Assistant captain Jackie Burke Jr. reminded Sutton that he never saw a championship trophy presented in a fairway or on a tee box.

"They only give away trophies on the greens," Burke, 81, said. "Let's look to the good putters."

Jay Haas and Stewart Cink were Sutton's picks to help the Americans win back the cup from the Europeans Sept. 17-19 at Oakland Hills.

"Good iron players and putters," Sutton said. "I said that [is what I was looking for two weeks ago]. I've stood by that."

Haas, 50, will be the second oldest to compete in the biennial competition. (Raymond Floyd was 51 in the 1993 matches.)

Haas, ranked 23rd on the PGA Tour in putting, ended up 12th in the Ryder Cup standings, bumped two spots down from automatic selection.

Cink, 31, leads the PGA Tour in putting with his belly-style putter. With three top-10 finishes in his four starts heading to the PGA Championship, he ended up 14th in the Ryder Cup standings.

(Roster, 11e)

On the course

U.S. Amateur: Oscar Alvarez of Colombia took advantage of a dried-out course after a morning of heavy rains and shot a 3-under-par 67 for the first-round lead in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is a Tribune Publishing newspaper. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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