27 Sep '14, 8pm

Phil Mickelson lobbied to play Saturday afternoon. Here's what Tom Watson told him. My column:

Phil Mickelson lobbied to play Saturday afternoon. Here's what Tom Watson told him. My column:

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – It is right around high noon on Saturday and Phil Mickelson is preparing for a duel. Waiting at the Gleneagles clubhouse for U.S. captain Tom Watson , he simply needs confirmation of his assumption. He just needs Watson to assure him that he’ll once again be paired with Keegan Bradley in the afternoon session, just as he was twice the day before and three times when the Ryder Cup was last contested two years ago. Why would he think any differently? This is the 10th straight appearance in the biennial event for Mickelson and never once has he been benched for an entire day. He has already been left out of the morning session, though, an idea which Watson believed was the right call during dinner the night before. “I sat at the table with him,” the captain would later explain. “He was exhausted.” Exhausted because he’d competed in two matches with Brad...

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