Phil Mickelson's candid and blunt assessment of U.S. Ryder Cup fortunes was in response to, among other things, captain Tom Watson's approach to what was supposed to be a Saturday night team-bonding session that turned ugly, sources told ESPN.com.
Finishing off a match strong tends to lead to victory. Americans Jimmy Walker and Phil Mickelson showed that's exactly the case in Friday's fourball matches at the 40th Ryder Cup, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
Phil Mickelson played his way onto his 10th U.S. Ryder Cup team by finishing second at the PGA Championship on Sunday, moving to the fifth spot among the nine automatic qualifiers who were determined at the end of the tournament.
Vowing to handle his Masters victory better this time, Bubba Watson acknowledged Tuesday that the crush of attention and expectations that came after his 2012 win at Augusta National made it difficult for him to perform.
With an 80th PGA Tour victory next on his list of accomplishments, Tiger Woods makes his first start of the 2013-14 season on Thursday at Torrey Pines. And for Tiger, the major championships are never far from his mind.