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Alternate Shot: Player-Captain for Lehman?

1/24/2005 - Tom Lehman

The year was 1963 and a young Arnold Palmer was on top of the golf world. Not only the best U.S. golfer at the time, Palmer was also appointed captain of the Ryder Cup team.

Forty-three years later, we could be facing a similar situation. 2006 captain Tom Lehman is playing some of the best golf in his career, with six top-10 finishes in his last seven starts, including a T-2 at the Buick Invitational.

Which brings up the question: If Lehman qualifies for the team as a player, should he compete against the Europeans at The K Club or relinquish his spot in order to concentrate on the captain's duties?

ESPN.com's Bob Harig and Golf World's Ron Sirak debate the issue.