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Quotes of the Week: Fallout and Controversy

A SELECTION of the funniest, wisest, weirdest and most entertaining things said about golf or by golfers over the previous days.

WELCOME to Quotes of the Week, where we select the funniest, wisest, weirdest and most entertaining things said about golf or by golfers over the previous days.

Last week’s Quotes of the Week had a strong Ryder Cup flavour and this week’s is the same, thanks to the bitterness and celebrations that follow Ryder Cup defeats and triumphs. 

Speaking at a press conference following the United States’ defeat to Europe on Sunday, Phil Mickelson compared Tom Watson’s captaincy in the recent loss to the leadership under Paul Azinger during the American’s last Ryder Cup victory in 2008.

"Unfortunately, we have strayed from a winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups," Mickelson said.

"We need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best."

Englishman Nick Faldo wasn’t impressed with Mickelson and accused the American of, “throwing the captain under the bus.”

Faldo added, with a dash of more criticism, "That should have been a private conversation. There's obviously a bit of [aggravation] in the American team room.”

Paul McGinley, on the other hand, felt no need to stir the pot or point the finger, because his European side were victorious. For the Irishman, the European format for victory was simple. 

"We had a real plan," McGinley said.

"We had a structure. We had three or four big ideas that we kept going back to and I think they really helped."

The champagne flowed at Gleneagles in celebration of a third consecutive European victory and, most likely, a night of team bonding and partying. The next morning, Welshman Jamie Donaldson was caught in an early-morning interview with Britain’s Sky Sports.

"Are you able to take it in yet?" asked the reporter about Donaldson claiming the winning-point in the 2014 Ryder Cup.

 "No," said Donaldson, "'cause I'm still drunk." 

While Donaldson rested his hangover, the world’s number one female, American Stacy Lewis, said she was keen to take part in a Ryder Cup if it were to become a mixed-gender event

"Anything like that would help sell our sport," Lewis told BBC Sport, "I'd be a huge fan. I'd be all over it and love to play."

The female Americans might be able to lend a hand to their male compatriots seeing as the men currently have no one in the top five rankings. One man in that top five, world number one in men’s golf Rory McIlroy, was awarded the PGA Tour player of the year midweek.

Upon being announced as the honoured player, McIlroy said: "I'd like to win a lot more in my career, and I feel like I can.

"It gives me even more motivation to go on and work harder,” McIlroy explained, “and try to win more tournaments, more majors, and be involved in more Ryder Cups like last week."

Tiger Woods, the world’s former number one in men’s golf, could be reunited with his former caddie Steve Williams. The pair had an acrimonious falling-out before Williams joined Australian Adam Scott.

Williams was asked if he would be prepared to work with Woods again and answered, "he's definitely someone I'd consider."

"He's a tremendous talent, but it's hard to say right now because it's only two weeks since I've hung up the clubs."

Although it would be a highly unlikely scenario, the repairing of Williams and Woods could be a tantalising prospect for golf in 2015.

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