The Golf Blog says: After criticizing Tom Watson for his dour captaincy at the last Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson let loose on Hal Sutton for giving him only 2 days notice about his pairing with Tiger Woods in the ill-fated Ryder Cup gamble in 2004 that Sutton captained. At a press conference this week, Phil explained that the golf balls they used were completely different (high spin v. low spin), and Phil had to spend all of his practice time trying to adjust to Tiger’s ball in just 2 days.
Hal Sutton, who was at Minnesota this week in preparation for the Ryder Cup ceremony, was upset and threatened to leave. “I mean, my God, somebody’s got to be the fall guy. If it needs to be me, I can do that. If he wants to put the blame on me, then let him do it. If I still need to shoulder the blame for Phil, I’ll do that.”
Mickelson later texted Sutton and apologized.”I’ve communicated with him. I feel awful. It was never meant to be like that, I was trying to use an example of how a captain can have a strong affect. Unfortunately it came across the way it did. I feel awful and I want him to be out here and be a part of this, so I’ve communicated with him that I’m sorry and I hope that he stays.”Tweet
The Golf Blog says: It’s a sad day today as Arnold Palmer died at the age of 87 years old, apparently due to heart complications. He wasn’t in good health this year, but attended the Masters and hosted his tourney at Bay Hill. Palmer, who won 7 majors and 62 PGA Tour events during his storied career, was nicknamed “the King,” for his popularity among fans, who were known as his “army.” Palmer helped to increase the interest in golf among “regular people.”
Jack Nicklaus issued a statement on Arnold’s passing, which stated in part:
“Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans–Barbara and I among them. We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed.
He was the king of our sport and always will be.”
Style, charisma and one unforgettable swing.
Arnold Palmer's career in photos: https://t.co/GY12XxPyw3
— ESPN (@espn) September 26, 2016
I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend (continued) pic.twitter.com/skehUsQgww
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 26, 2016
— GOLF.com (@golf_com) September 12, 2016
U.S. captain Davis Love III named J.B Holmes, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar to his Ryder Cup team. https://t.co/49ienvduWI
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) September 12, 2016