Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup

The Europeans are doing a little damage control after a colorful, humorous and crude essay written by team member Danny Willett's brother, about his excitement for the Ryder Cup and disdain for American golf fans creating what promises to be a partisan crowd at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Mickelson's reference to that ill-fated match, a pivotal moment in the United States' loss to Europe at Oakland Hills, flowed from comments he made about how much more prepared the U.S. team is now under current captain Davis Love III.

Phil Mickelson took another thinly-veiled swipe at former captain Tom Watson ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup, suggesting he put his team in "position to fail" at Gleneagles.

Mickelson had scathingly criticised the tactics of 2014 captain Tom Watson immediately after the US slumped to a crushing five-point loss to Europe at Gleneagles, saying that the players had not been "invested in the process".

"I was like, whoops, I'm meant to be paying closer attention", said Moore, a five-times victor on the PGA Tour who has not played team golf since the Palmer Cup for college players in 2004. Lehman says Tiger Woods told him the key to playing well at Hazeltine is playing a disciplined brand of golf and he agrees. So I grabbed a couple dozen of his balls, I went off to the side, and tried to learn his golf ball in a four- or five-hour session.

But that's an example of starting with the captain, that put us in a position to fail and we failed monumentally, absolutely.

"You play how you prepare", Mickelson said.

Mickelson remains irked 12 years later over things that were out of his control, issues he vows will not hit USA players again.

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A reporter asked Clarke if his group is more motivated after hearing Love's interview on a radio talk show last week and Johnny Miller's remarks this past weekend during the NBC coverage of the TOUR Championship in which Miller said, "I do believe the Euros have got, at least on paper, the worst team they've had in many years". "Because you will play how you prepare". And all the players feel like they're involved and listened to.

"I'm not trying to knock anybody here, because I actually loved how decisive a captain Sutton was".

Europe has won eight of the last 10 times in the Ryder Cup dating to 1995, and while there are six players who have never experienced the emotions and pressure of the Ryder Cup, only four Europeans on the team know the feeling of losing. But now that's he's retired from competitive swimming - with 23 golds and 28 medals, total, he's the most-decorated Olympian of all time - he plans to play three times a week.

Just don't get the idea Mickelson is predicting a victory. "You combine that with all the experience and with all of the rest of the team and the way those guys played, I don't really need to respond to that", Clarke said.

"I don't know what that means, results-wise", Mickelson said.

Actually, Love already did that in comments last week when he suggested this might be the greatest golf team ever. "He's in there 100 percent".

"He found out the year before when we played at The Presidents Cup in 2003 that the golf ball I was playing was not going to work for him. Exhausted of losing this thing".

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