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Azinger’s Ryder Cup Mastery

September 26, 2008

Captain Paul Azinger employed an ingenious method for managing his team, breaking his squad into three groups, or PODS, as the press referred to them.   He split personalities into three groups of four players.  Group One was Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan and Justin Leonard.   Azinger put Raymond Floyd in charge of leading these guys.  Group Two included Boo Weekley, J.B. Holmes Kenny Perry, and Jim Furyk.  Azinger put tour veteran Olin Browne with them.   Group Three was made up of Ben Curtis, Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell.  Azinger assigned Dave Stockton, an emotional guy who’s game was very much like that of his troops.   I take my hat of to Azinger for his creative arrangement – I think it was a stroke of genius to think outside the box.  It worked well and you have to hand it to the rookies for coming up so big.  And Boo Weekley doing his Happy Gilmore imitation on the first tee on Sunday was classic.  Way to go guys!