Faldo: Mickelson threw Watson 'under the bus'

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Nick Faldo on Monday criticized Phil Mickelson for “throwing the captain under the bus” during the U.S. Ryder Cup team news conference.

Faldo, of course, knows a little bit about Ryder Cup criticism, seeing as he’s the only European captain to lose a cup this century (2008). 

“For him to sit there and throw the captain under the bus, that was a tough one,” Faldo said Monday on BBC Radio Five. “At least my (European) lot waited a couple of years.

“That should have been a private conversation. There’s obviously a bit of agro (aggravation) in the American team room.”

After the Americans’ five-point loss, Mickelson said that the U.S. team never should strayed from Paul Azinger’s formula in 2008 and that players had no input during this year’s event.

Faldo was the European captain that week at Valhalla, and he created his own stir last week when he said on Golf Channel that Sergio Garcia was “useless” during those matches.