Phil Mickelson set himself up for criticism when he decided to switch his driver and fairway woods, along with his golf ball, on the eve of the Ryder Cup. Some came from his captain Friday night after Mickelson lost both his matches with partner Tiger Woods.
"Phil didn't play very well," Hal Sutton said bluntly when asked why Mickelson is being held out of this morning's fourball matches.
Asked about the equipment change and Mickelson's decision to practice on his own, Sutton did not hold back.
"We'll all be left scratching our heads on that," Sutton said. "But the most important person that's going to have to wonder about that is going to be Phil Mickelson. It's not going to cause us any grief because he's going to be cheering instead of playing."
_ BOB HARIG