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Pondering possible U.S. pairings

Updated: September 29, 2010, 11:26 AM ET
By Jason Sobel

NEWPORT, Wales -- Two years ago, Paul Azinger changed the game.

Whereas the role of Ryder Cup captain had for years mirrored that of first-base coach -- pat on the butt for a job well done, quick pep talk for any struggles -- the previous U.S. skipper implemented a pod system adopted from Navy SEALS, which grouped players based on similar philosophical and emotional attributes.

The process helped earn the team a victory at Valhalla, but by all accounts current ...

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