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Tiger Woods is opening a new restaurant and it has a really long name

Tiger Woods might have his own restaurant before he has his own golf course.

Allied Capital & Development of South Florida made the announcement through a press release on Tuesday. The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club (doesn't really flow off the tongue, does it?) will be coming to Harbourside Place, the name of Jupiter, Fl.'s new downtown development, as early as the first quarter of 2015.

The Grind: A divided U.S. and a pregnant Paulina

The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club, or TWJS&DC for short, is still being planned, but the original design had indoor/outdoor seating and a 5,900 square foot layout -- about the size of an average green on a PGA Tour course.

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Tiger cooking with celebrity chef Bobby Flay in 2006.

"I've been watching Harbourside Place's development since it broke ground more than two years ago, and know that it is the perfect location for my sports and dining club," Woods said. "I look forward to enjoying my restaurant as much as I hope the public will."

And how does the new restauranteur picture his first venture into food?

"I envision a place where people can meet friends, watch sports on TV and enjoy a great meal," Woods said. "I wanted to build it locally where I live and where it could help support the community."

No word on the menu yet, but we're not expecting it to be overly complicated like the restaurant's name. At the champions dinner before the 1998 Masters, Woods famously served cheeseburgers and milkshakes.

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If you're at work right now, you should probably try to replicate this office trick shot

It all depends if your boss is a golfer. If he (or she) is, then maybe you should try this out. It looks pretty difficult to pull off -- and by pretty, I mean very -- but if you do, surely there's a promotion waiting for you afterwards.

 

We tried office golf once. Needless to say, it didn't go so well.

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The Grind: A dejected/divided Team USA, a pregnant Paulina, and golfers in kilts

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where unlike a lot of these other second-guessers, we know we would have been a great Ryder Cup captain last week. Why? Because we stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in Scotland. And look, we can walk through the tunnel to the first tee at Gleneagles waving to the crowd and wearing an earpiece, too.

blog-captain-myers-0930.jpgSeriously, with all the talk about "going in a different direction" at the next Ryder Cup, we'll throw our resume into the mix (four-handicap at golf, scratch at ping-pong, and an 8-time major attendee). But while the PGA of America ponders this important decision, let's get caught up on a busy week.

WE'RE BUYING

Team Europe: These guys are awesome. From big-time shots to clutch putts (doesn't it seem like they make EVERYTHING?), the Europeans extended their remarkable run at the Ryder Cup, drubbing the U.S. for their eighth win in 10 tries. As usual, their success was based on play by stars like Justin Rose (how many birdies did he make last week? 100?) and Rory McIlroy (poor Rickie Fowler), but also by unheralded players. Jamie Donaldson went 3-1 and clinched the cup with "the shot of his life." He then gave this drunk interview the next morning while wearing a yellow hoodie.

Again, these guys are awesome.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Paul McGinley: No big-time resume? No problem. McGinley became the latest non-major winner to lead Europe to victory in golf's major team event. We're under the belief that the role of Ryder Cup captain is usually overblown, but it's hard to say that both team leaders didn't play critical roles this year.

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Ryder Cup rookies: It wasn't all bad for the U.S., which may have found a juggernaut pairing for the future in Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. The duo went 2-0-1 together and Reed also won his singles match, while alienating the entire European continent. And Jimmy Walker went 1-1-3, meaning the three first-timers were the three leading point earners for the Americans.

Ryder Cup press conferences: The most exciting parts of the week at Gleneagles came in the media center. First, you had Phil Mickelson tweaking Team Europe with the "we don't litigate against each other" line. Then you had Sergio Garcia responding to Nick Faldo's claims he was "useless" in 2008. And, of course, there was Mickelson singing the praises of Paul Azinger in front of Tom Watson on Sunday, leading to the most awkward press conference in history. Say what you will about Phil's timing, but he gave everyone something to talk about other than another U.S. loss, and his thoughts could end up helping the U.S. turn things around for next time.

WE'RE SELLING

Team USA: Tom Watson took a lot of heat, the bottom line is outside of the rookies, no one played particularly well. Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson combined to go 2-11-1. Tough to win when you're top guns -- Furyk, Watson and Kuchar were the lone three Americans ranked in the top 10 of the OWGR coming into the week -- aren't contributing.

Tom Watson: While the European players constantly sung the praises of Paul McGinley, the only times it seemed like the U.S. players were talking about their captain was when they were discussing why they weren't playing. Watson's old-school approach may have worked in an earlier era, but his players -- most noticeably, Mickelson -- didn't seem to appreciate the lack of communication in the decision-making process.

Related: 9 reasons the U.S. lost the Ryder Cup

Radio interviews from the car: An Australian golf analyst was driving while giving his thoughts on the Ryder Cup. It did not end well. Fortunately, a Mercedes was the only thing that got hurt.

Gambling in airports: I was so excited to see a casino in the Amsterdam airport during a layover. As I walked out less than five minutes later after a blackjack beatdown, I wasn't as excited. Airport rules were that the dealer wins on a push, so it probably wasn't the wisest choice to gamble there. Hey, at least I didn't have to worry about exchanging any foreign currency when I got back.

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ON TAP

There is NO PGA Tour event this week. Take a deep breath and relax, we've finally entered the off-season!

Related: 13 things that only happen at the Ryder Cup

Random tournament fact: Don't get too comfortable. The new season begins next week.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Sergio Garcia will invite Nick Faldo to his wedding: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Tom Watson will captain the U.S. again: 10 million-to-1 odds

-- The U.S. will use some sort of "pod" system in 2016: LOCK

WHO WORE IT BETTER?

Bubba and Rickie? Or Rory?

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In related news, Rory is ripped. The guy looks just like the mannequins in the merchandise shop, which for some reason had been stripped down by Sunday. . .

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

MJ with MAJ. Need we say more?

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WAG PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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WAGs were all over the Ryder Cup last week. Here, Dowd Simpson comforts her husband, Webb, after his ugly loss on Friday at the Ryder Cup. Either that, or she was offering her condolences on him having to wear that sweater.

NON-RYDER CUP PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Last week, I put photos, OK, a lot of photos in this column of the Back9Network's new female on-air talent, including the infamous Miss Teen South Carolina from 2007. Well, on-air male talent, Shane Bacon, responded with this.

See? We aim to please both our male and female readers.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"All this winning isn't good for my health." -- Rory "Jaeger" McIlroy as he sipped celebratory champagne.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

This comes courtesy of "The Guardians of the Ryder Cup," a group that comes up with player theme songs for Team Europe and was front and center on the first tee at Gleneagles leading the crowd in a singalong all week. There were so many good ones (we ranked the top 5), but this is the best. "Bjorn Beat The USA"? Classic.

NON-RYDER CUP VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

How about a 17-year-old striking a walk-off albatross? At Pebble Beach? With Lee Janzen as a partner? Future Stanford golfer Christopher Meyers did just that on Sunday, holing a 4-iron from 204 yards on Pebble's famed 18th to win the pro-junior portion of the Nature Valley First Tee Open. Amazing.

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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OMG this is really happening?!!! We're very excited for the couple, but did they have to announce the news of the week year while we were flying over the Atlantic Ocean? Thanks a lot, guys.

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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Lindsey simply captioned this one, "#pullups." #showoff

THIS AND THAT

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Apparently, Paul McGinley had control over European Tour tee times leading up to the Ryder Cup. This guy thought of everything! . . . On the Champions Tour, John Cook won the individual portion of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. He did not have a walk-off albatross. . . . Padraig Harrington said he is "less keen" for the European Ryder Cup captain job in 2016. Hmm. Does he want to captain for the U.S.? Unfortunately, I found out that whole staying at a Holiday Inn Express thing doesn't work when it comes to playing the bagpipes. But you can't question my effort!

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Could a combined USA/World Team beat Team Europe?

Has Scotland voted yet on opening up a Chili's?

Is Michael Jordan an American golf curse?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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The uncommon images that inspired the European Ryder Cup team

In 1985 a group of rock stars and musicians gathered in unheard of fashion to record a fundraising album for African relief. Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan ... and many others ... were all there. It promised to be a zoo.

Anticipating the nightmare ahead, producer Quincy Jones posted a sign outside the recording studio: 

“Check your ego at the door.” 

That sentiment, say insiders, was the first (unspoken) rule of European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley’s team room this past weekend. No major winners, no World Golf Champions, just equal partners intent on doing Europe proud. Everyone belonged. The rookies -- Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Jamie Donaldson, were all made to feel like full-fledged members of the side. Every player was dedicated to the themes McGinley had established. And those themes, in posters as high as seven feet, were everywhere. 

They were the creation of Nick Bradley, who a year ago began working with McGinley on his own game. Bradley showed McGinley Kinetic Golf, Bradley’s book of surreal and sometimes bizarre motivational imagery, similar to those he’d created when he worked with Justin Rose. Nine months ago the captain asked him to create posters for the team room stressing themes critical to success. The finished products, which featured the likes of Ian Poulter (below), Graeme McDowell, and the late Seve Ballesteros, included messages that championed emotions such as passion, focus, and resilience. The picture that received the most attention was of a rock in the middle of a raging sea, with the message, "We will be the rock when the storm arrives." 

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The Poulter image spoke to the “bonding” that McGinley worked hard to create, bonding he had with some players at the beginning, but not with all.  “That poster says, ‘This is about more than money,’” says Bradley. “’More than golf.  More than Gleneagles. It’s about how much heart we all have collectively.’”

The posters left an impression on the players, who Bradley called “12 guys who all wanted to play for Paul McGinley.  "From the first day we got here, the speeches that he gave, the videos he showed us, the people that he got in to talk to us, the imagery in the team room, it all tied in together,” said Rory McIlroy of MicGinley. Said Rose:  “The atmosphere in the team room was fantastic.” 

What’s interesting about the posters McGinley chose is how, while obviously supportive of team concept, they depict certain team leaders who have been, and would be expected to be much more than just one of 12:  Rose, Poulter and McDowell. With the exception of the photo of Ballesteros, McGinley focused not about the icons of the past but about the current player-leaders who lived past virtues. A church of living saints, not dead ones, members now inspiring one another.

When Rose, McDowell and Poulter fell behind early yesterday, all of McGinley’s themes were tested. Rose, trailing Hunter Mahan by four holes on the front nine, said he thought of Seve, but was inspired by a past teammate from Medinah. “On the front nine I was basically trying to be Peter Hanson,” said Rose. “He was six down to Jason Dufner on the Sunday two years ago but ended up taking him all the way up the 18th. That sent an important message to the rest of the team that day, that we were still in there fighting, and I wanted to send the same message.”

Like a rock in a storm. 

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Jamie Donaldson gives a hilarious drunk interview after winning the Ryder Cup

Jamie Donaldson won the point that clinched Europe the 2014 Ryder Cup, and he did it hitting the "shot of his life."

Obviously, that all made him extremely happy, and the happiness seemed to spill over into an interview with Sky Sports on Monday morning. A great find from GolfChannel.com writer Ryan Lavner:



The full interview, courtesy of Sky Sports:



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Missing Links: 'It felt like...a funeral for American golf,' and Mickelson, 'who always needs to be smartest guy in room'

Stories of interest you might have missed…

“Twelve American men and their broken old captain walked slowly into a marquee and proceeded to rip each other apart. It felt like a kind of funeral for American golf, like a little bit of it dies every time the US slip to another crushing, embarrassing, demoralising defeat to Europe,” writes Oliver Holt in the Mirror.

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“While most of his United States team-mates waved the white flag, the 24-year-old Texan revelled in the pantomime of the golf’s greatest team competition. He high-fived, fist-pumped, he roared, he shushed. And when that got him abuse, he cranked up the volume. Above all, he cared.” Patrick Reed won matches and respect in his first Ryder Cup. Ben Rumsby of the Telegraph has the story.

Everyone has an opinion on the Phil Mickelson-Tom Watson flap. Robert Lusetich of Fox Sports comes down hard against Mickelson. “Mickelson -- who always needs to be the smartest guy in the room -- recounted how great Paul Azinger was as captain because he got players ‘invested in the process.’ I could stop right there and say, if you're not invested in the process anyway, then don't play. You're representing the United States, and if you can't get up for that does it matter who captains?”

Those looking for signs of optimism regarding U.S. Ryder Cup prospects can find them in the performances of rookies Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, writes Andy Farrell in the Independent: “Just where do the Americans go from here? The short answer is to Hazeltine in Minnesota in two years’ time. That they will travel there with any hope at all after yet another defeat will be due to the emergence of rookies Spieth and Patrick Reed.”

Has the Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell rift been exaggerated? Jonathan Liew of the Guardian makes the case. “Seconds after McDowell sank his winning putt on the 17th green, the man clasping him in a giant bear hug was McIlroy: friends reunited, or perhaps just united. In that moment, we knew that the rift between the pair had been nothing but a confection: embellished not just by the media and by the likes of Phil Mickelson, with his jibe that the American team did not ‘litigate’ against each other.”

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Rory McIlroy dons a red wig and kilt to celebrate Europe's win. So did Rickie and Bubba, for some reason

Update: Turns out, Rory also donned a wig and kilt, which is easy to see why considering Europe's stellar performance. Looks like a fantastic after-party.


Original: Hunter Mahan tweeted this on Sunday evening, which is a little odd considering the way in which Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson -- and the entire U.S. team, for that matter -- lost the 2014 Ryder Cup. Rickie lost his match to Rory McIlroy 5-and-4 and Bubba lost his to Martin Kaymer 4-and-2.

Golf Channel considers the potential reasons why the pair did this, among them: "They plan to sneak into the European camp and steal their secrets."

Let's hope that's the case.

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What They Said, What They Meant: Phil And Tom Edition!

We don't want to overwork our What They Said/Meant algorithm too hard since the entire American Ryder Cup press conference might just implode our carefully crafted formula designed to occasionally interpret what pro golfers are really saying.

You can read all of the key exchanges from the wild and wacky press conference here courtesy of our Alex Myers, but below are a couple of the more nuanced moments. Starting with a follow up to a question of Phil Mickelson who elaborated in brutally honest fashion on why the 2008 Ryder Cup worked compared to 2014.

Q. That felt like a pretty brutal destruction of the leadership that's gone on this week.

PHIL MICKELSON: Oh, I'm sorry you're taking it that way. I'm just talking about what Paul Azinger did to help us play our best. It's certainly -- I don't understand why you would take it that way. You asked me what I thought we should do going toward to bring our best golf out and I go back to when we played our best golf and try to replicate that formula.
Q. That didn't happen this week?
PHIL MICKELSON: Uh (pausing) no. No, nobody here was in any decision. So, no.
 
Algorithm, please translate!
 
Q. That felt like you just said to us Tom Watson is a truly terrible Captain. Go on.

PHIL MICKELSON: Oh, I'm really sorry you're taking it that way because I wouldn't want to be thought of as saying he was merely poor leader, because that's just the tip of the iceberg. This guy couldn't coach a PGA Junior League team! So I'm just talking about what Paul Azinger did that made sense and which no one since has imitated.  At least read the man's book! So you asked me what I thought we should do going toward to bring out our best golf and I go back to when we played our best golf and try to replicate that formula. Azinger in '16 baby!

Q. That didn't happen this week?

PHIL MICKELSON: Uh (pausing) no. No, nobody here was in any decision, as evidenced by the red pants we are wearing, the weird pairings and pretty much everything else that happened. Especially those Ryder Cup sweaters on Friday. So no, we weren't consulted but I swear, I'm not trying to imply Captain Watson did a lousy job!

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For his part, Captain Watson also got in a nice dig according to our algorithm. First, here's what he was asked and said:
 
Q. Every two years the two captains come in and say the hardest part of their job is benching people. Four years ago with all the problems at Celtic Manor, we had everybody playing in every format. Would you like to see that as part of the game? Seems to have 12 of the best players in the world and each time having four sitting in each session.

TOM WATSON: Yes, I would. I would like to see the change in that format. Then everybody knows they are going to go 36 holes and then everybody knows that they have to be in shape to play. That's one of the important decisions that I may have missed is playing, say, Jimmy Walker for four straight rounds, two 36-hole matches. And if that wasn't up to my decision, then every player wouldn't understand that.

And now, after running through our fully copyrighted formula…

Q. Every two years the two captains come in and give us scribblers some nonsense about how the hardest part of their job is benching people. Would you like to see that as part of the game so you truly are nothing more than a chaperon of millionaires?

TOM WATSON: Yes, I would. I would like to see the change in that format. Then everybody knows they are going to go 36 holes and then everybody knows that they have to be in shape to play. Phil, did you catch that part? In shape? 36 holes?  That's one of the important decisions that I may have missed is playing, say, Jimmy Walker because I don't want to use Phil's name here, for four straight rounds, two 36-hole matches. And if that wasn't up to my decision, then every player wouldn't understand that they can't come in here like the fat, bog-mouth schlubs that they are and expect to lollygag. Because they're lollygaggers, really. This group needed two-a-day, Lee Westwood or Darren Clarke-type slimming.

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Chamblee calls Mickelson's criticisms 'close to a one-man mutiny'

Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee slammed Phil Mickelson for his post-Ryder Cup comments, made with U.S. captain Tom Watson sitting on the same dais, calling it “as close to a one-man mutiny” that he’s ever seen.

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Mickelson and Watson were the principals in what this Golf Digest blog post by Alex Myers called “the most awkward press conference ever,” for the criticism leveled by Mickelson at Watson.

“When I first started playing golf, I heard it was a gentlemen’s game,” Chamblee said on Golf Channel’s “Live from the Ryder Cup” program. “I’ve heard that my entire life. That is the refrain I think lures most of us to the game, the civility with which it is played, win or lose. That was as close to a one-man mutiny that I’ve ever seen. I think that’s a moment that Phil would like to have back.

“If you’re looking for a reason why the United States continues to lose, you just saw it in one man. Phil Mickelson. Phil Mickelson, along with the best players of that era, have so corrupted the experience of the Ryder Cup for their fellow competitors by not having records anywhere near what they should, given their rank in the game.

“Players of an era who are the best go to the Ryder Cup and show off. And not goof off. Phil Mickelson in 2004 changed clubs at the Ryder Cup the week of. And the day before, he went to practice to another golf course. This is yet another example of not coming together as a team.

“He and Tiger had a disconnect in 2004. They refused to come together and play better. Yet every great player had played with the next great player. Jack Nicklaus played with Arnold Palmer. Seve Ballesteros played with Jose Maria Olazabal. Nick Faldo played with Ian Woosnam. They all succeeded. Jack played with Tom Weiskopf and on down the line.

“Hal Sutton [’04 captain] got maligned for pairing Tiger Woods with Phil Mickelson. Why? The whole world wants to see the two best players play together. And they should have steamrolled everybody the way Rory McIlroy steamrolled today. That’s how they should have played. If you’re looking for a reason the U.S. loses, you can beat around the bush all you want. You just saw it.”

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Phil Mickelson's criticism of Tom Watson leads to the most awkward press conference ever

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- The week's best drama at Gleneagles didn't play out on the course, but in the media center following Europe's latest win at the Ryder Cup. A disappointed U.S. team showed up for their joint press conference and things got awkward.

Really, REALLY awkward.

We'll let the two main actors in this play, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson, take center stage starting with this question a few minutes in:

Q. Anyone that was on the team at Valhalla, can you put your finger on what worked in 2008 and what hasn't worked since?
Mickelson: There were two things that allow us to play our best I think that Paul Azinger did, and one was he got everybody invested in the process. He got everybody invested in who they were going to play with, who the picks were going to be, who was going to be in their pod, who -- when they would play, and they had a great leader for each pod. In my case, we had Ray Floyd, and we hung out together and we were all invested in each other's play. We were invested in picking Hunter that week; Anthony Kim and myself and Justin were in a pod, and we were involved on having Hunter be our guy to fill our pod. So we were invested in the process. And the other thing that Paul did really well was he had a great game plan for us, you know, how we were going to go about doing this. How we were going to go about playing together; golf ball, format, what we were going to do, if so-and-so is playing well, if so-and-so is not playing well, we had a real game plan. Those two things helped us bring out our best golf. And I think that, you know, we all do the best that we can and we're all trying our hardest, and I'm just looking back at what gave us the most success. Because we use that same process in The Presidents Cup and we do really well. Unfortunately, we have strayed from a winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups, and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best.

Q. That felt like a pretty brutal destruction of the leadership that's gone on this week.
Mickelson: Oh, I'm sorry you're taking it that way. I'm just talking about what Paul Azinger did to help us play our best. It's certainly -- I don't understand why you would take it that way. You asked me what I thought we should do going toward to bring our best golf out and I go back to when we played our best golf and try to replicate that formula.

Q. That didn't happen this week? Mickelson: Uh (pausing) no. No, nobody here was in any decision. So, no.

Then someone asked Phil about the great play of the U.S. rookies. Boring. We skip ahead to a reporter asking Tom for his take. . .

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Q. Can you tell us what you think of what Phil said about Paul Azinger?
Watson: I had a different philosophy as far as being a captain of this team. You know, it takes 12 players to win. It's not pods. It's 12 players. And I felt -- I based my decisions on -- yes, I did talk to the players, but my vice captains were very instrumental in making decisions as to whom to pair with. I had a different philosophy than Paul. I decided not to go that way. But I did have most of them play in the practice rounds together who played most of the time in the matches. I think that was the proper thing to do. Yes, I did mix-and-match a little bit from there, but again, you have to go with the evolution of the playing of the match and see who is playing the best and who to play with whom, and that's what I did.

Q. Do you think that Phil was being disloyal, because it sounded like that?
Watson: Not at all. He has a difference of opinion. That's okay. My management philosophy is different than his.

After another couple questions, blah, blah, blah... back to the juicy part:

Q. Do you still consider the philosophy you came here with a winning philosophy?
Watson: Yes, absolutely.

Q. And secondly, have you read Paul Azinger's book, and if so, why did you discount it in regards to using it this week?
Watson: I didn't discount it. I just had a different philosophy right off the bat, Alex. I felt that the assessment of the players was paramount from the standpoint of my vice captains and me and see who is going to play with whom. My two jobs are to make the captain's picks and then put the team together. Those are my two most important jobs. I felt that the -- again, that was -- whether I did the best possible job of putting the teams together, that's up to you people to debate. But the other thing is, I used the experience and the thoughts of my vice captains a lot, and the players to some extent, to make sure that I felt we had the very best teams out there possible. Listen, the Europeans kicked our butt. The bottom line is they kicked our butts. They were better players this week. I mean, we had a chance today. We started off, got everything in the red, almost everything in the red. Then they turned it on us, and that's what champions are made of. They get down and come back and win. They kicked our butts, and that's the bottom line.

Q. You talk about the template there. Just curious to know, did you speak in advance with Tom about that, your preference for that template? Was this a conversation that you had in advance of coming over?
Mickelson: What template are you talking about?

Q. Getting people involved, the pod system, and getting people involved in the process.
Mickelson: No.

Then Jim Furyk makes a (reluctant) cameo!

Q. You've listened to the back and forth between Phil and Tom, and as the other veteran, I was curious for your opinion.
Furyk: Gee, thanks (laughter). Just sitting over here minding my own business (laughter).

Mickelson: I don't think the premise of your question is very well stated. I don't think that this has been back and forth.

Furyk: I think that I have a lot of respect for both gentlemen. I've known Phil my entire life. Since I was 16, I've competed against him. He's one of my dearest friends on the PGA TOUR. And I have a lot of respect for our captain. I know he put his heart and soul in it for two years. He worked his ass off to try to provide what he thought would be the best opportunity for us. I don't think it's wise for either one of us to be pitted in the middle of that. I respect both of those gentlemen. I would suggest that you direct the questions that way rather than to put one -- I know what we are all trying to do. We all come here and we are trying to win a Ryder Cup together, trying to pull together as 12, as one unit. We've fallen short quite a bit, and it's -- you know, five of you have already asked me tonight what's the winning formula and what's the difference year-in, year-out. If I could put my finger on it, I would have changed this shit a long time ago but we haven't and we are going to keep searching.

Sounds like if Phil has any say, that search won't last too long. In related news, don't expect Phil and Tom to sit next to each other on the flight home.

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