Oct
6
2014

In the aftermath of the actual golf played at the Ryder Cup, there’s been quite a lot of drama that’s unfolded, to say the least. First, there was the best reality TV I’ve seen in a while — which was Phil Mickelson’s critique of Captain Tom Watson in the post-match team press conference at Gleneagles. Then, six days removed from that, an ESPN.com report was published describing the ugly tension in the team meeting the night prior to the Sunday’s singles matches — it detailed Watson criticizing players, failing to take any culpability and scoffing at a gift from the players.

Following that report, Watson issued an open letter, taking “complete and full” blame for his lack of communication and even defended Mickelson’s very public attack of him. Here’s the letter in full:

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Oct
6
2014

We knew the fallout was going to be ugly. After all, in a very public forum that was the American post-match team press conference, Phil Mickelson aired an attack against Captain Tom Watson and his leadership philosophy. Shots were fired by both sides, but I had a feeling Mickelson, who never utters a word without an agenda, had a strong reason for what he did. I defended Mickelson’s outspoken critique, as to me, it appeared he had slammed Watson for the greater good of the American Ryder Cup team.

Now, what exactly was Phil’s motivation? Well, we’re finding out with leakages from inside the team room. Turns out it was unfortunately as bad as we thought. According to an ESPN.com report, on Saturday night prior to the Sunday’s singles matches, Watson criticized players, refused to take responsibility for any issues with the team and essentially rebuffed a gift given to him by the players.

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Oct
1
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

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Don’t get me wrong, the 12 players on a team hit the shots and make the putts that ultimately determine a win or loss, but the job of the Ryder Cup captain involves more than just picking out uniforms, posing for photo ops, and making decisions from your “gut” — a term American Captain Tom Watson used starting at the glitzy press conference, where he made his somewhat controversial captain’s picks, particularly when it came down to Webb Simpson, who apparently texted his way onto the team.

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Sep
29
2014

The European and American teams got together to celebrate the end of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday night. There was no shortage of alcohol and things got a little weird. Rory McIlroy posted the above photo of himself with Stephen Gallacher on his Instagram, wearing a wig and tartan kilt — oh, and he was shirtless. 

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Sep
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Love him or hate him, Patrick Reed is certainly entertaining to watch, especially in the match play format. Reed missed a two-foot putt on the 16th in Saturday afternoon foursomes, which resulted in a spectator taunting him on the first tee during his Sunday singles match against Henrik Stenson.

Reed, who isn’t known for his popularity on the PGA Tour (though that may have changed a little with this week), wasn’t bothered by it and even had a chuckle himself.

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Sep
28
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

After finishing 24th at the PGA Championship, Jamie Donaldson received a phone call from Captain McGinley telling him that he was not guaranteed a spot on Team Europe. To secure his spot, Donaldson won the Czech Masters, and carried the momentum to a 3-1-0 record in his first Ryder Cup.

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Sep
28
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

Jamie Donaldson rode Thomas Bjorn like a bull as the winning European Team entered the post-tournament press conference. Spirits were high, laughs were plentiful, and champagne even more so. To the victor go the spoils, indeed.

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Sep
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

The juiciest drama of the day didn’t per se occur on the golf course, but rather in the interview room — forget the Real Housewives of New Jersey or Keeping up with the Kardashians. For the best reality TV of the week, just watch the U.S. team’s post-Ryder Cup loss press conference, which included all 12 players and Captain Tom Watson.

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