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Saturday 21 October 2017

Fowler hits back as Phil takes Mick' out of Rory

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler has dismissed accusations of brashness over his much-discussed Ryder Cup haircut.

The in-form American arrived in Scotland for this week's match against Europe at Gleneagles with 'USA' (pictured) shaved into his hair.

United States captain Tom Watson hailed it as "terrific" but some observers have been more critical, suggesting it is a cocky display of jingoism.

But Fowler said: "I'm just myself. I'm not trying to be anyone else. I'm not trying to fit in any particular way. I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or turn anyone the wrong way.

"I'm just proud to be from the USA and be over here playing the Ryder Cup. If people take it the wrong way, it's too bad for them, it's unfortunate.

"You've got to show some patriotism and spirit for your country."

Meanwhile, a relaxed Phil Mickelson had his audience rolling in the aisles as he discussed a variety of Ryder Cup topics including an issue involving European team mates Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

The man described by captain Tom Watson as the US team's cheerleader, the five-times major winner could not resist a cheeky jibe at McIlroy who is in the middle of a legal row with former management group Horizon, a camp that McDowell still belongs to.

Asked by a reporter about the US team's supposed inability to gel as a unit after winning only two of the last nine Ryder Cups, Mickelson replied: "Well, not only are we able to play together, we also don't litigate against each other.

"That's a real plus, I feel, heading into this week," he said.

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