Did Phil Go Too Far?
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/29/14
At the formal press conference following Team USA's loss to Europe at the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday in Scotland, Phil Mickelson answered two questions with answers that sounded a lot like second-guessing his "anti-pod-ian" captain, Tom Watson:
QUESTION: Anyone that was on the team at Valhalla, can you put your finger on what worked in 2008 and what hasn't worked since?
Just two questions later, another reporter posed the issue to captain Watson who, like a true leader, attempted some diplomacy:
QUESTION: Can you tell us what you think of what Phil said about Paul Azinger?Watson's impromptu attempt to diffuse the issue didn't work out so well, but that is not a reflection on him. Instead, tongues have been wagging and the Twitter-verse has been tweeting ever since — almost universally taking Mickelson apart for his comments.
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