28 Sep '16, 7pm

12 years later, Phil explains why he and Tiger did not make a successful Ryder Cup duo.

12 years later, Phil explains why he and Tiger did not make a successful Ryder Cup duo.

CHASKA, Minn. -- Twelve years later, Phil Mickelson finally explained why he and Tiger Woods did not make a successful Ryder Cup duo in 2004 at Oakland Hills. It was the golf ball. In answering a question Wednesday on the importance of captains at the Ryder Cup, Mickelson provided the example of how his lack of preparation time to playing Tiger’s ball in their Foursomes match was the critical factor in the loss to Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood. He said then-captain Hal Sutton’s decision to pair the two Americans just two days earlier did not give him ample time to adjust to Woods’ high-spin ball. Mickelson plays a low spin ball. “We ended up not playing well,” he said. “And was that really the … the problem? I mean, maybe. But we were told two days before that we were playing together. And that gave us no time to work together and prepare.” The defeat was one of two the h...

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