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US captain Steve Stricker said his team will stand for anthem at Presidents Cup

Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on

Published in Golf

Protests during the national anthem have swept through the sports world over the weekend after President Donald Trump's tweeted that players should stand for the anthem or be fired.

Thanks to some fortuitous timing, golfers have to weigh in on the matter.

The Presidents Cup will start on Thursday in Jersey City, N.J. Team events in golf start with national anthems, so Steve Stricker, the U.S. captain, had to settle on a course of action.

Stricker said the Americans decided on standing for the U.S. anthem.

"I just wanted to know what they wanted to do and how we wanted to proceed as a team," Stricker said during a news conference for the event on Tuesday. "So we were going to do what we always do, and that's take off our hat and put our hands across our chest and over our heart and respect the flag. So that's what we're planning on doing."

Stricker made his own thoughts clear, saying that he shared with his team an editorial about how the anthem brings people together for a few minutes.

"We talked about that a little bit," Stricker said. "That's where I am on that page. We know there's problems. But let's get together just for the short period of time and be OK with one another. It's almost dividing us during this time it should be bringing us together."

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