Ryder Cup kicks off with alternate apologies match between Phil Mickelson and...

Ryder Cup kicks off with alternate apologies match between Phil Mickelson and Danny Willett

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CHASKA, Minn. — First, Europe’s Danny Willett apologized for his brother’s excoriation of loudmouth American golf fans in advance of the Ryder Cup.

Then U.S. stalwart Phil Mickelson apologized for using Hal Sutton’s 2004 captaincy as an example of bad decision making.

That’s one mea culpa each.

“The matches are all square,” quipped Golfweek’s Jim McCabe, the one-time Boston Globe hockey writer.

Phil being Phil Mickelson probably had the most to be sorry for. He wasn’t wrong to say that Sutton’s decision to pair him with Tiger Woods, twice, on the first day of the 2004 matches was a stroke of … well, the opposite of genius, given each player’s disdain for the…



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