Jack Nicklaus comes to defense of Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup captaincy

Jack Nicklaus (left) with Team USA player Rickie Fowler at the 2014 Ryder Cup. 

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Jack Nicklaus came to the defense of friend Tom Watson’s highly-criticized captaincy of the Ryder Cup, according to a Palm Beach Post report

Speaking at the official reopening of the Champion course at PGA National Resort on Friday, Nicklaus took issue that Team USA’s grievances following their loss to Europe — including reports of ugly behavior from Watson and critical comments from Phil Mickelson — were aired in a public light. 

"When I had teams and guys had problems, we went back to the team room and talked about it," Nicklaus said via the Post. "That’s where the conversation should be."

Nicklaus also thought the formation of a task force examining Team USA’s Ryder Cup failures was a bit excessive. 

"That’s sort of overkill," Nicklaus was reported as saying. "We’ve had 70 years of the Ryder Cup and it’s gotten along just fine. The pendulum will swing back without making a monumental thing about it."

Ultimately, Nicklaus said no amount of planning could have prevented this year’s Ryder Cup outcome: 

"[The Europeans] just played better," Nicklaus said. "It doesn’t make any difference how much planning you do, if the other team plays better, they’re going to win."

H/t Yahoo! Sports