Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm disappointed Phil Mickelson threw Tom Watson ‘under the bus’

DIS-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: captain Tom Watson (right) chats to player Phil Mickelson during play at Gleneagles
DIS-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: captain Tom Watson (right) chats to player Phil Mickelson during play at Gleneagles

GRAEME Storm has described Phil Mickelson’s public humiliation of USA captain Tom Watson as “a bit disappointing”.

The Hartlepool golfer believes frustration got the better of the former world number two after the USA team were hammered 16½-11½ at Gleneagles.

Former Ryder Cup greats Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie both criticised Mickelson’s attack at a press conference, Sir Nick saying: “Phil certainly doesn’t respect Tom Watson. He threw his captain right under the bus.”

Mickelson denied he was attacking Watson’s captaincy but his praise of the last winning USA skipper, Paul Azinger at Valhalla in 2008, left the golfing world in no doubt what he thought of the 65-year-old.

“It’s a bit disappointing that Phil said what he said,” Storm told SportMail.

“But I understand his frustration.

“Phil has been one of the world’s best for so long but he’s not won many Ryder Cups, has he?

“He’s been in 10, I think, and only won twice.

“Was Tom Watson the right pick as captain? I don’t know.

“But I think it’s more all-out frustration from Phil coming out, a bit of straw-clutching because America have got their backsides kicked.

“It is disapppointing though to hear someone like Phil Mickelson talk like that about a legend which Tom Watson is.”

Storm will return to action on Thursday when the European Tour resumes at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.