GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Let’s be clear: The shot heard ‘round the world on Wednesday was fired in the direction of two European stars, but Phil Mickelson had a toothy grin across his face when he fired it.
In response to a question about U.S. players competing together as teammates, Mickelson laughed to himself for a second, then said, “Well, not only are we able to play together, we also don't litigate against each other – and that's a real plus, I feel, heading into this week.”
On paper, it reads like bulletin board material, but during his news conference it simply sounded like good-natured needling from a guy who’s known to needle.
In fact, just as quickly as the words came out of Mickelson’s mouth, he apologized – sort of.
“I couldn't resist,” he said. “Sorry.”