Tag Archives: Phil Mickelson

Feb
24
2015
Members of the PGA's Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Davis Love was officially named the U.S Ryder Cup captain at a media conference at the PGA of America’s headquarters on Tuesday at PGA National, site of this week’s Honda Classic. Six members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force were present for the announcement, including PGA CEO Pete Bavacqua, president Derek Sprague, vice president Paul Levy, Phil Mickelson, Tom Lehman Rickie Fowler, and of course, Love. The PGA also revealed changes to the captain selection process and qualifying system for U.S. players. 

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Feb
16
2015

Davis Love III can redeem himself at the 2016 Ryder Cup when he’ll get his second chance to lead the American squad to a victory. Love will be the next captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, according to a report by Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte.

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Feb
6
2015

For the second consecutive week, neither Tiger Woods nor Phil Mickelson will be playing the weekend of a PGA Tour event. With Woods withdrawing on Thursday due to a back injury and Mickelson missing his second straight cut, perhaps this is the new normal?

Phil, the hometown fan favorite, followed his opening two-over 74 with an even-par 72 on Torrey Pines’ North Course, posting a two-over 36-hole total to fall three shots short of the cutline.

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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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