If you ask a golf enthusiast, he or she might tell you that the Ryder Cup has lost a great deal of the excitement it once had over the past several years. Why is that? In a sport that is almost always individually based, the Ryder Cup gives players the rare chance to compete for a team. For whatever reason, the usual spark seems to have been missing from the event in recent history. Former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton thinks it’s a problem with the egos of today’s golfers.
“I don’t know that guys are following anyone but their own selves today,” Sutton told the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Tuesday. “We live in a pretty selfish world. It’s not a criticism, in my mind that’s a fact.
“In order to be a leader you’ve got to understand that from the beginning. These guys don’t want to follow anybody. The hard part about being a captain is you’re the greatest guy in the world if you win and did the worse job in the world if you lose and you never hit a shot. And with golf I think t