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American divisions are reflected in media calls

After an eighth Ryder Cup loss in 10 meetings, the American media were divided over what was behind their latest defeat and split over whether Phil Mickelson was right to publicly question the leadership of captain Tom Watson.

David Wharton from the Los Angeles Times wrote the European players just had too much quality for the Americans: "In the weeks before the 2014 Ryder Cup, much was made of the fact that four of the top six ranked players in the world were Europeans.

"As it turned out, all that star power made a difference."

Christopher Clarey of the New York Times agreed: "It has become a rite of autumn: European golfers sinking putts, and Americans, and then showering one another with compliments and champagne."

In "the most fractious loser's press conference ever", it was telling that none of the other players came to the USA captain's defence, said Hank Gola in the New York Daily News.

"Watson, in his efforts not to be a players' coach, ended up being too detached. Bottom line was he was outcoached by Paul McGinley."

Mickelson's comments, meanwhile, were just a self-motivated response to being dropped and "a graceless mutiny", said Fox Sports' Robert Lusetich.

He should had have more respect for his skipper, "a legend of the game who was the last to lead the United States to a Ryder Cup victory on European soil, 21 years ago".

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