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Pavin earned shot as Ryder Cup captain

Originally Published: December 11, 2008
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

NAPLES, Fla. -- For the better part of the past three months, since the U.S. Ryder Cup team celebrated on the balcony at Valhalla, Paul Azinger had us believing the captain really did matter -- that his pulling of strings and stroking of egos made a difference.

Azinger didn't have to sell us on the notion. The results spoke for themselves with a 16½-11½ victory over Europe as the U.S. won for the first time since 1999.

On Thursday, while Azinger played in the pro-am ...

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