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Paul Azinger Has Had His Say On The Phil Mickelson Press Conference

Paul Azinger Has Had His Say On The Phil Mickelson Press Conference
By Gary Reilly
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As press conferences go, Phil Mickelson's not so subtle hatchet job of Tom Watson was one of the more spectacular. The five time major winner sat down a couple of seats away from Tom Watson and praised former captain, Paul Azinger for doing everything that Watson didn't.

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Mickelson made it abundantly clear that he felt the US team would have been better served had 2008 winning captain, Azinger been leading the team once again and it was uncomfortable but absorbing viewing. This year's Ryder Cup may confined to history but it looks like Lefty might get his way next time around after Azinger admitted that the possibility of returning as captain in 2016 was something which remained a possibility.

"I'm not going to rule anything out", Azinger told USA Today when asked if he would be interested in taking the job at Hazeltine in two years time. Azinger went on to add his two cents into the reasons behind the US's poor performances over the past couple of years. The policy of "lone wolf captains" which has been adopted by Team USA is something which Azinger is keen to see the end of.

I think the PGA of America should recognise their business model is exactly the same as what Europe uses in selecting a captain. Of the past 10 US captains, only two had previously been vice-captains.

With the depth of quality in European golf over the past couple of years, the role of Ryder Cup captain is possibly more important for the US team than it was when they had a monopoly on the trophy throughout the 1990's. The importance placed on the captaincy by the European team is something which Azinger beleives needs to be copied at Hazeltine.

There is a razor-thin line between winning and losing these matches. Europe has the intangible right now. They give themselves the extra one per cent chance to win through its business model and cohesiveness.

Even if you play blackjack perfectly in a casino, the casino still has a very slight edge against you. Right now Europe is the casino and the US is the guy walking to the blackjack table with a fistful of 50s.

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