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Sep
27
2018
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

 

So much good shit happening in the above photo during the huge and long standing ovation that Tiger Woods received from the away crowd when introduced by Captain Jim Furyk in the Ryder Cup opening ceremony. The smirks on the American players’ faces. Paulina in the background with the flag. Phil’s flow.

Well, after an hour of pomp and circumstance, including state-of-the-union-like speeches, the pairings for the opening fourball matches have been announced. And I liked European Tour player Eddie Pepperell’s reaction best:

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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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Sep
24
2014

While American captain Tom Watson continues to play coy about Friday’s pairings, it appears as if they’ve already been long decided. The U.S. Ryder Cup team went out in the same three set of foursomes in Wednesday’s practice round as it did on Tuesday. Playing from the ninth tee in the morning, the first group out for the Americans included Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.

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Dec
13
2012

The New Boss Man

The U.S. Ryder Cup team will have a strong, passionate leader at the head of the table at Gleneagles in Scotland during the 2014 matches. On Thursday morning the PGA of America president Ted Bishop officially named Tom Watson as the next boss of the American squad.

Watson was the captain at the ’93 matches at Belfry, which was the last time the U.S. team won on foreign ground. The Americans have only clinched the Cup twice since then, losing seven of the past nine biennial matches against the Europeans. Yikes.

Who better to break the America’s dismal losing streak in 2014 than the five-time Open Champion Golfer of the Year? I can’t think of one. Not when the venue is in Scotland. It’s important to note that Gleneagles is not a links course, but it doesn’t matter — it’s still Scotland, a magical place filled with remarkable memories for the 63-year-old Watson.

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