Mickelson throws team captain Tom Watson under the bus


Phil Mickelson, the man who can’t decide on whether golf should be played with 3 drivers in the bag or none at all is the man telling the US Ryder Cup team how to stick with a working system.

With the Ryder Cup officially wrapped up in Scotland, USA fans have been left with yet another bitter pill to swallow.  It’s not this year’s defeat, nor the bitterness of loosing the past 3 events.  It’s the comments of Phil Mickelson in the post event press conference and his act of throwing team captain Tom Watson under the bus.  It was clear that Mickelson did not take sitting out on Saturday very well and within hours of loosing the cup Mickelson was quick to voice how poorly he thought Watson had done.  This coming from a man who flies in and out of this team event in his $40million private jet.  Here are his comments and excerpt from the conference.

“Paul Azinger got everybody invested in the process.  We use that same process in the President’s Cup and we do really well. Unfortunately, we have strayed from that for the last three Ryder Cups and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best.”

Golf insiders were quick to offer their opinion on Phil’s opinions.

Brandel Chamblee

“He corrupted the experience of the Ryder Cup.  That was as close to a one-man mutiny as I have ever seen.  If you are looking for a reason why the United States continues to lose, you just saw it, you saw it in one man – Phil Mickelson.”

Colin Montgomerie

“Should we go into this one hour after we’ve been defeated? The answer is a flat no.  You support your captain under all circumstances. In public, you respect and honor your captain.  The PGA of America selected Tom Watson as the best choice to try to win the Ryder Cup back. Unfortunately, the team didn’t perform for Tom.”

Nick Faldo

“That should have been a private conversation.  Phil certainly doesn’t respect Tom Watson. He threw his captain right under the bus.”

Some day in the not so distant future, Phil will captain this event.  When that day comes, and he does the most unorthodox things with his team, I hope that no one throws him under the bus.