Speaking to Golf Channel's "Morning Drive," Sutton noted "I don't know that guys are following anyone but their own selves today. We live in a pretty selfish world. It's not a criticism. In my mind that's a fact."
In terms of advice for current Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, Sutton said an understanding of that me-first mindset is essential. "These guys don't want to follow anybody," Sutton said. "The hard part about being a captain is you're the greatest guy in the world if you win, and did the worst job in the world if you lose, and you never hit a shot. And with golf I think there's more to it than that."
Sutton, of course, is best known as a Ryder Cup captain for pairing Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. They lost both matches, a fourball to Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie 2 and 1, and a foursome to Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood 1-up. Overall, the United States got waxed by Bernhard Langer and the Euros, 18 1/2 to 9 1/2.
Love will have his hands full enough with the European squad, but with any luck, he'll be able to wrangle all the many egos into a U.S. victory.
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