Phil Mickelson Has Decided To Sit Out

Phil Mickelson has decided that he will sit out the February tournaments of Northern Trust Open at Riviera and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am because he wants to start the year at a slow pace.

The 5 time major champion said in his announcement at the website that he is going to miss the tournaments deliberately so that he can spend some quality time with his family. He said that both the two courses and tournaments are his favorites but his kids are in two different schools who have two different spring breaks and so he wants to take the time to accommodate himself to their schedule as they have been doing the same for him over the years. (more…)

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Phil Mickelson criticizes Watson Captancy

Phil Mickelson cannot be accused of stabbing Tom Watson in the back for he said what he had to say in front of the captain himself. Mickelson won two of the three matches he played this week. To him the matches that he couldn’t participate in mattered more than the matches in which he did. Regardless of Mickelson’s repeatedly asking captain Watson to let him and his partner Bradley play in the match in which the captain and Webb Simpson participated in, which turned out to be a disaster, the captain didn’t pay heed to what he had to say. Mickelson concluded what he had to say in the press meet by saying that they had strayed from a formula that would let them win, unlike those of the last three Ryder Cups and they must, at this point consider applying the formula that would set them on the right track

Mickelson further added that no team member was included in the captain’s decisions. He seemed to be offended by the captain’s not paying any heed to Mickelson’s expertise. Mickelson has previously participated in 10 Ryder Cups altogether, so he has a considerable amount of experience up his sleeve. He was very much disappointed at the overall performance, for no one, excepting Mickelson, performed well in the competition, even the senior players failed to put up a face saving performance.

In addition to that, Captain Watson made mistakes in his wildcard picking and pairing, two jobs Watson himself considered to be most important. The mistake of the captain that led to the disaster was picking Webb Simpson who has a reputation of being an edgy player.

Even if those aforementioned decisions are considered to be minor errors, going against Mickelson’s decision was a big mistake.

Mickelson’s one of the greatest desires is to win a Ryder Cup. Mickelson’s age is 44, hence he has a very little amount of time left to make his dream a reality. He said that he’ll be playing for five more years hence, getting glory in Le Golf National 2018 in France will be his last chance at realizing his dream

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Has overlooked for Webb Simpson in last minute Ryder Cup call by Watson

Tom Watson picked Webb Simpson at the last moment as part of the United States Ryder Cup team after deciding against selecting his fellow Wake Forest Demon Deacons alum Bill Haas for the last available spot in the tem.

According to reports, Watson was so certain of going for the trio of Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas and Keegan Bradley that he had made up his mind about them immediately after the Deutsche Bank Championship before he changed his mind in the last minute. The reports also claim that his co-captains for the Ryder Cup Raymond Floyd, Andy North and the still active Steve Stricker had signed off on the original decision and played absolutely no part in his selection of Simpson in the team.

Watson was influenced, apparently, by two individuals in the lead up to the event. The first one was Tiger Woods, who was not a part of the team due to an injury but had a talk with Watson regarding the merits of the two players. The second individual being mentioned is Webb Simpson who left a voicemail message on Watson’s phone which might have swayed his decision.

Simpson hardly had the season to warrant a place in the team for one of the most prestigious team events in sports but it is being suggested his phone call did the trick and he got into the team over Haas.

Webb Simpson did absolutely nothing for the team during the event in Scotland and with Watson having ignored his gut instincts for his feelings, felt it was only right to take the blame upon himself for the dismal showing of the team.

But the damage had been done by that time and there was no going back on the decision that might have cost the United States the Ryder Cup.