Phil Mickelson reportedly called Hal Sutton to apologize for the critical remarks he made about Sutton at his Ryder Cup press conference yesterday. Mickelson told the Golf Channel that he regretted what he’d said about Sutton’s judgment in pairing him with Tiger Woods. Mickelson said he didn’t mean for his comments to come across as an attack on Sutton, who served as Team USA’s Ryder Cup captain in 2004.
At his press conference, Mickelson blamed Sutton for the poor play that he and Woods became mired in back in 2004, poor play that contributed to a stunning loss in the tournament. Mickelson said it was problematic that they were paired together with only two days’ notice. “That put us in a position to fail and we failed monumentally,” Mickelson said.
But today Mickelson was more contrite. “I feel awful,” he said. “It was never meant to be like that. I was trying to use an example of how a captain can have a strong effect. Unfortunately, it came across the way it did.”