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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Watson ends Mickelson row

Tom Watson accused Phil Mickelson of sour grapes as their Ryder Cup spat resurfaced on the veteran's return to Scotland for this week's Open Championship.

Mickelson made a scathing attack on the five-time Open champion's captaincy in the aftermath of the US defeat last September.

Watson, 65, said: "That was a disappointment to me, it was disappointing. Phil was very disappointed about not being able to play. It was kind of sour grapes. That's understandable, and we just got waxed, the whole team, and the disappointment was just there. We let our hearts talk for us.

Mickelson sidestepped the issue last week and instead spoke about Watson's playing record as "one of the greatest champions this game has ever had".

The pair met at the traditional Open champions' dinner at St Andrews on Tuesday and Watson said their relationship is now fine.

He said: "We're cordial. I saw him last night. We said hello and we were fine."

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