Mickelson voices his displeasure with leadership during a press conference following the United States 16-1/2 to 11-1/2 loss to Europe in the Ryder Cup. Mickelson mentions the pod system used by 2008 captain Paul Azinger where players were divided into small groups that ate, slept and practiced together:
So we were invested in the process. Unfortunately, we have strayed from a winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups, and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best.
American team captain Tom Watson responds:
I had a different philosophy as far as being a captain of this team. You know, it takes 12 players to win. It’s not pods. It’s 12 players.