Hal Sutton's next role in the Ryder Cup is to make sure the American team shares his passion for the matches.
A no-nonsense player and the emotional leader of the last two teams, Sutton agreed Tuesday to become the U.S. captain for the 2004 Ryder Cup, according to a PGA Tour source speaking on condition of anonymity.
Sutton met with PGA of America officials last week during the Disney World Golf Classic and accepted the job after talking with his family, the source said.
PGA spokesman Julius Mason declined comment, except to say there would be an announcement Thursday at Oakland Hills Country Club outside Detroit, where the next Ryder Cup will be played.
"He was the obvious choice and the most qualified player for 2004," previous captain Curtis Strange said when told of Sutton's selection. "Everybody respects him so much because he's such a standup guy. He'll be a great captain."
Reached on his cell phone, Sutton declined to confirm his selection.