Tag Archives: Phil Mickelson

Nov
13
2014
By Stephanie Wei under College Golf

Phil Mickelson has found a way to spend part of his offseason. Mickelson has been named the interim assistant golf coach to Arizona State University. The connection is that he’s obviously a former Sun Devil, where he won three individual NCAA titles, but also, his brother Tim is the head coach of the men’s golf team.

Golfweek, which first reported the arrangement, says Phil’s role isn’t expected to be long-term.

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Oct
14
2014
Task force, who you gonna call?

Task force, who you gonna call?

The PGA of America is infamous for forming its “task forces.” We’re not quite sure what they exactly accomplish yet, rather than getting a group of people together to chat and charging the expenses to the PGA. The task force will reportedly examine the U.S. Ryder Cup process — from how the captains and players are selected to how the team prepares for the matches. Hopefully this one will get the American Ryder Cup team back on track after the U.S. has fallen to Europe in eight of the last 10 biennial dogfights against the two continents. 

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Oct
7
2014

Just over a week removed from the U.S. team’s eighth loss to Europe in the past 10 Ryder Cups, the PGA of America is already in the process of a major overhaul to its current system. PGA of America President Ted Bishop is planning to create a task force dedicated to examine the Ryder Cup structure — from how the captain’s picks are selected to the qualification of the 12 team members and even the schedule of events during the matches — according to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard.

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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
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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Sep
26
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

The first tee in your first Ryder Cup can be one of the most pressure packed experiences in a golfer’s career. However, 24-year-old Victor Dubuisson was paired with his brother from another mother, Graeme McDowell, and they took down American stars Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson 3&2 in afternoon foursomes.

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Sep
26
2014

The Captains have set their lineup for the Friday afternoon foursomes and the matches have also been determined. For the few of you not familiar with this format, foursomes is the fancy word that golf’s powers-that-be or someone in Scotland decided to call “alternate shot.” It’s the most entertaining to watch and the toughest to play. It’s the format that really turns golf into a team sport. Simply, it’s awesome.

But I digress. Here are the pairings/matches for the second session in the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup. 

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Sep
25
2014

The wait for the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup to kick off is almost over as Captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley announced their pairings and match-ups for the opening fourball session on Friday morning. Exciting! Here’s how the line-up looks:

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