Phil Mickelson had already made some pot stirring comments during the last Ryder Cup at Glenneagles which turned out to be a mess for the U.S. team anyway. Now, Mickelson criticized former captain, Hal Sutton, talking about how he set the pairing of Mickelson and Tiger Woods to “fail” and also criticized 2014 captain Tom Watson…again.
Here’s the comment about Watson:
“I think that when you look back on what the difference is, when players are put in a position to succeed, oftentimes, more often than not, they tend to succeed and when they are put in positions to fail, most of the time they tend to fail,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest.
“This is a year where we feel as though Captain Love has been putting us in a position to succeed. He’s taken input from all parties. He’s making decisions that have allowed us to prepare our best and play our best, and I believe that we will play our best.”
Now here’s the comments on Hal Sutton about the pairing between Mickelson and Woods:
“We were told two days before that we were playing together,” . Mickelson said “And that gave us no time to work together and prepare.”
Mickelson mostly criticized what the alternate shot pairing because they had to share a ball that he wasn’t comfortable with. It caused him to take a lot of practice time out in order to learn the new ball. Ultimately, the team of Woods and Mickelson failed.
“And in the history of my career, I have never ball-tested two days prior to a major. I’ve never done it. It doesn’t allow me to play my best.” Mickelson said. “That’s an example of starting with the captain, that put us in a position to fail, and we failed monumentally, absolutely,”.
But he apologized for his remarks on Wednesday night:
“I was totally in the wrong,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest. “I never should have brought that up. I used an extreme example the way decisions can affect play, and I never should have done that because it affected Hal.”
Sutton responded to the controversial comment:
“I mean, my God, somebody’s got to be the fall guy,” Sutton said.
Despite Mickelson’s apology to Sutton, there wasn’t one given to Watson, who he also criticized for the second time. However, as mentioned, that whole situation in 2014 was a disaster anyway.
The Sutton comments were fairly surprising. However, hopefully for the U.S., this is the last bit of controversy we’ll see.
We don’t want a repeat of 2014. I suppose, if team USA comes out victorious, then it probably won’t even matter.