Tom Watson, the decorated golf legend who just finished a rocky ride as the US Ryder Cup captain, issued a statement apologizing for the failure. Watson was criticized harshly by members of the US Team, most notably and loudly by Phil Mickelson, for not providing sufficient leadership and creating camaraderie in the clubhouse. Watson, after hearing contantly about his team’s public mutiny and blame-gaming, finally issued a statement. He claimed that “whatever mistakes that were made were mine.” He said he talked to Mickelson and that they now have “a better understanding of each other’s perspective.”
The thing Watson kept himself from saying–and it’s classy of him not to point it out–is that he didn’t miss a single putt or fairway all weekend. The professional golfers who made up the US team have cumulatively won hundreds of millions of dollars and multiple championships. They have all been playing self-motivated golf since they were children. Yet they were beaten badly in Scotland by a talented European squad. Still they seem to think it’s Tom Watson’s fault. Tom Watson, for the record, didn’t hit a single shot during the Ryder Cup.