Crenshaw, Kite, Sutton await Ryder Cup excitement

Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:07pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Past U.S. captains Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Hal Sutton have told Reuters what they expect from the 41st Ryder Cup matches between holders Europe and the United States at Hazeltine National that begin on Friday:

Ben Crenshaw, captain when the U.S. won at Brookline, Massachusetts in 1999

"Whichever team has a good knowledge of the golf course and how to get themselves round, and visualize how it can play, will do best.

"All the other stuff, you try and get your guys to play the best, but this thing never changes, you've got to play the golf course and get yourself round it the best way you can for you and your partner.

"I think there's a lot to learn on this course. It's been changed quite a bit. Some players have played a major championship here before but this week it's a bit different.

"These are two wonderful teams and it usually boils down to whoever gets the better hand and who holes the most putts.

"Maybe this is the best American team we could assemble right now but we know how the Europeans play, they play great together and they've proved it so many times.   Continued...

Ben Crenshaw of the U.S.  waves good-bye on the 18th green after golfing his final round at the Masters during second round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder