Ryder Cup’s always bring out controversy, and Phil Mickelson seems to be in the mix each time.
Wednesday Mickelson discussed a decision at the 2004 Ryder Cup, essentially blaming Captain Hal Sutton for the pairing of Woods and Mickelson losing. Read Mickelson’s words’s here.
Hal Sutton was near Hazeltine yesterday playing in a past Captain’s event when he heard what Mickelson said and gave his response via video.
This Mickelson story went viral causing an uproar, so early this morning Mickelson arrived at Hazeltine and apologized via an interview with the Golf Channel and Steve Burkowski.
“Hal and I have communicated and I have apologized to him. He is a big part of the Ryder Cup family. I should of never brought up such a specific situation to make my point, and I meant no disrespect to Hal. I regret this greatly,” said Mickelson.
This will still be hard for Mickelson to escape from with the Hazeltine crowd’s estimated to be 45,000 per day starting Friday morning.
Also, the comments by Danny Willett’s brother on Wednesday will certainly bring hecklers for Willett, despite the fact he has apologized to the US team, his teammates, and the fans, for something beyond his control that his brother wrote in a European magazine.
There is plenty of drama already, but let’s hope Friday all of it is on the golf course.