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Point/Counterpoint: Do captains even matter?

9/15/2004

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Jack Nicklaus has played in six Ryder Cups and captained two others. When asked the secret to leading a team, he replies, "Just show up, keep up and shut up."

Is it really that easy, or will this year's captains
-- Hal Sutton and Bernhard Langer -- have more of an impact on the final result than we'll ever know?

We posed this question and argued ad nauseum. The only way to settle this spat was to play 28 matches in a three-day span, winner take all.

But it seems that format has already been created, so instead the argument was made in Point/Counterpoint form, and the following are its results.