Hal’s well that ends well?
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup


Phil Mickelson hoped to bury the hatchet with Hal Sutton after a Wednesday discussion about the influence of Ryder Cup captains turned into a hatchet-job of Sutton’s 2004 decision to pair Mickelson with Tiger Woods at Oakland Hills on short notice.

The Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte reported that Mickelson talked with Sutton on Wednesday night in an effort to smooth things over. Mickelson shared some details of that conversation with Rosaforte.

“I’ve communicated with him [Hal Sutton]. I feel awful. It was never meant to be like that, I was trying to use an example of how a captain can have a strong affect. Unfortunately it came across the way it did. I feel awful and I want him to be out here and to be a part of this, so I’ve communicated with him that I’m sorry and I hope that he stays. I was totally in the wrong. I never should have brought that up. I used an extreme example of the way decisions can affect play and I never should have done that because it affected Hal.”

The Mickelson-Sutton imbroglio was the talk of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine Wednesday afternoon once the dust began to clear from Danny Willett’s brother’s decimation of American golf fans in an article published Wednesday morning for U.K. website National Club Golfer.

Sutton said Wednesday that the last thing the Ryder Cup needs is more drama. So far this week, that’s exactly what it’s got.