This Ryder Cup is on course to set a record for regret.
In a Golf Channel interview Wednesday afternoon, Masters champion Danny Willett apologized for disparaging characterizations of American golf fans his brother, Pete Willett, offered in an article the latter wrote for British magazine National Club Golfer. Pete, who first came to prominence for his snarky tweets during his brother’s Masters triumph in April, called American fans “imbeciles” and described them as “fat, stupid, greedy” and “classless,” among other insults.
Read Willett’s full article HERE (if you dare)
In his televised comments, Danny offered contrition for his sibling’s published rant and said he spoke to U.S. captain Davis Love III about it. You have to feel for the 28-year-old Englishman for having to spend the run-up to his first Ryder Cup apologizing for golf’s answer to Billy Carter.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday night Phil Mickelson poured water on a brush fire he ignited earlier in the day when he criticized Hal Sutton, the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, for putting Mickelson and Tiger Woods in “a position to fail” at those matches by pairing them with only two days’ notice. (Tiger and Phil subsequently went 0-2 as partners at Oakland Hills.) Mickelson told Golf Channel he had apologized to Sutton, who had earlier responded to Mickelson’s initial volley by reportedly calling Lefty “self-serving” and asserting “he needs to search his own soul a little bit.”
“I feel awful,” Mickelson said, stating that he was “totally in the wrong.”
Mickelson spoke to Golf Channel in a continued effort to clear the air.
Watch Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee let it rip concerning Phil Mickelson’s comments about Hal Sutton:
Hopefully, Friday’s opening tee shots will put an end to this sorry state of affairs.