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Fleet Street Wednesday: Phil lights the fuse!

September 24, 2014

Almost as if to show they are above such nonsense, Fleet Street enjoyed but did not overplay Phil Mickelson's playful jab at the not-so-funny legal mess involving Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Of course, this is online. What happens in the print edition headlines may be entirely different.

Mike Dickson at The Daily Mail (where the headline was appropriately large), said Mickelson's remark "signalled the end of bland pleasantries in the build-up."

Neil McLeman in the Daily Mirror noted that "the answer was no slip of the tongue. The articulate left-hander knew exactly what he was doing."

And James Corrigan analyzed things much more in-depth, noting that Mickelson had "lit the fuse of the 40th Ryder Cup."

Fleet Street seemed much more intrigued by Sir Alex Ferguson's speech to the team, with McLeman playing up the apparently (somewhat) good natured jabs that took place between players and caddies passionate about rival teams of Fergusons. Lee Westwood's caddie reportedly told Ferguson that he didn't pay Leeds enough for Eric Cantona. Which means not a thing to this American.

And oddly The Independent stayed clear of Mickelson's remark and instead James Cusick focused on The PGA Century course at Gleneagles. Zzzzz….