It is a well-known secret that Johnny Miller is not the biggest fan of Tom Watson or his captaincy methods as the United States team suffered yet another defeat in the Ryder Cup last month but despite all that, he would have preferred Phil Mickelson keeping his criticism of the skipper within the team and not made it public.
As part of the NBC’s team of expert panel commenting on the Ryder Cup, Miller had the best view in the house to dissect the decisions made by US captain Watson and although he doesn’t agree with his captaincy, he still would have preferred the criticism of Watson be kept in-house.
Miller was a part of the victorious Ryder Cup teams of the United States in 1975 and 1981 and played on the same team with Watson in the latter and he mentioned that it was Phil Mickelson and his teammates that messed it up on the course at Gleneagles in Scotland and not the skipper Watson.
Miller stated that the criticism could have stayed behind the walls of the US PGA as footages of Mickelson tearing into Watson’s captaincy emerged following the United States’ defeat. Mickelson said that 2008 skipper Paul Azinger was the best skipper he has played under and according to Miller, Lefty might be a huge fan of the pod system utilised by Azinger but didn’t need to come out in the open. Miller went on to add that Watson wasn’t the one missing all the putts out on course.
Reports indicate that Phil Mickelson was furious after both he and foursomes partner Keegan Bradley were benched for one full day, the first time it has happened to him in his ten Ryder Cup starts and Miller said that was one of the major blunders made by Watson.