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U.S. team only has itself to blame

Updated: September 19, 2004, 6:34 PM ET
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- There's no explaining it, really. No logical reason for a group of American golfers to suffer so much at the hands of a seemingly inferior European team. No excuse for losing four of the past five Ryder Cups.

Oh, there will be all sorts of theories put forth in the coming days after another frustrating loss, one that was inevitable before the first shots were hit Sunday at Oakland Hills Country Club.

U.S. captain Hal Sutton was too stern; the Americans ...

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