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Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup (Thursday AM)
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

**Golf Central Live From the Ryder Cup continues throughout the day today, which will include the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at 5 p.m. ET **

On Phil Mickelson’s apology to Hal Sutton shared to Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte
Phil Mickelson – “I’ve communicated with him [Hal Sutton]. I feel awful. It was never meant to be like that, I was trying to use an example of how a captain can have a strong affect. Unfortunately it came across the way it did. I feel awful and I want him to be out here and to be a part of this, so I’ve communicated with him that I’m sorry and I hope that he stays. I was totally in the wrong. I never should have brought that up. I used an extreme example of the way decisions can affect play and I never should have done that because it affected Hal.”

Tim Rosaforte – “There has been some severe damage done here. Hopefully Mickelson’s apologies are taken to being sincere by Sutton, because that was the way I interpreted them last night.”

Rosaforte – “My take on it was that he couldn’t have been more sincere, quite honestly.”

Paul McGinley – “As a captain, this is a very tricky time. The last week is a very tricky time for Ryder Cup captains, because there are a lot of people talking and making points. This is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – show in golf at the moment. You have to be very careful where you are positioning and every word that you say, particularly as a captain.”

McGinley – “I made a big point of avoiding it [The drama]. You can’t totally limit it…You don’t want distractions. It’s almost impossible to control but you can try to limit it as much as you can. I really genuinely think that Phil was not trying to bring Hal down yesterday. He used a bad example and got caught.”

McGinley – I learned a lot of humility from Hal Sutton myself. For example, when we left on the Monday morning, we left to get a flight back to Europe. Hal Sutton and his wife came down into our lobby and shook every one of our hands and wished us the best of luck. That was after a heavy defeat. For that reason, I have massive respect for what Hal Sutton did.”
-NBC Sports Group-