Westwood in the U.S. Open made an enthusiastic and encouraging start in his bid to follow the steps of victory of Garcia’s Masters with his own breakthrough.
Westwood went into early contention at Erin Hills with his 3-under-par. He was four shots behind from Rickie Fowler and among the morning wave tied for sixth.
“In the U.S. Open, It is a good start. I hit the ball really well and not just that, but I hit it close a few times and also put it well. This is good; a good start like this in any event gives the motivation and makes the player ready to face different challenges. It is good for the opponent as well, as they got to know about the capabilities of the player.”
Westwood hit all but two greens in regulation and all but two fairways Thursday. Presently, he a double bogey and five birdies and on his first nine. (more…)
Phil Mickelson has said that the US team is not doing the same as Paul Azinger’s team, the only American team to have won the Ryder Cup since 1999. Mickelson said that he was only thinking of what brought them the success in 2008 and he thinks that going back to that formula might bring them success.
While Mickelson was speaking, Watson, the captain was sitting six seats apart from him and none of the team members tried to defend him. Captain Watson did not include any team member into his decisions; his authoritarian decision making was unlike that of Azinger.
Mickelson doesn’t think that his words were solely meant to disregard the leadership of the team, he further added that his opinions go back to a time when America’s golfing was at its peak, so if he is asked what is to be done to restore American golfing to its former glory he will definitely say what he has said.
Watson said that, regarding being the captain of the team, his philosophical standpoint was different. He further said that for winning, 12 players, instead of pods are required. He said that he talked to the players and his vice captains did play a major role in decisions made regarding pairing. He said that his philosophy was different from that of pauls and he chose not to follow that.
He also said that those who had the chances of becoming a team were kept together whereas some were swapped according to their performance.
And regarding what Mickelson has said about him, the captain said that it was OK and he further added that he acknowledges that there is a difference of opinion between them regarding team management.
The captain said that Azinger’s formula was not as a whole discarded by him, he was just trying to find out who performed best, he also said that the wild card picking and pairing was one of the toughest and most important jobs that he had to do.