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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States talks during a press conference after the United States were defeated by Europe after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States talks during a press conference after the United States were defeated by Europe after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States talks during a press conference after the United States were defeated by Europe after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson says the Americans have strayed from their winning formula in the Ryder Cup.

In an awkward press conference after Europe won the Ryder Cup handily, Mickelson says Paul Azinger's captaincy worked at Valhalla in 2008 because all the players were involved. With U.S. captain Tom Watson sitting just six seats away, he says Watson made all the decisions himself.

One of those decisions was to sit Mickelson on the bench all of Saturday. Mickelson had never missed an entire day in his nine previous Ryder Cup matches.

Watson listened to Mickelson praising Azinger endlessly.

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European team players Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate winning the Ryder Cup

European team players Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate winning the Ryder Cup

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Europe's Sergio Garcia (front) and Rory McIlroy pose with The Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire

Europe's Sergio Garcia (front) and Rory McIlroy pose with The Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Ian Poulter of Europe poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Ian Poulter of Europe poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy his team and their partners and wives after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy his team and their partners and wives after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Jamie Donaldson (L) and Europe team captain Paul McGinley pose with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Jamie Donaldson (L) and Europe team captain Paul McGinley pose with the Ryder Cup trophy after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy, his vice captains and his team after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy, his vice captains and his team after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Europe's Jamie Donaldson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Jamie Donaldson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy and his team after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy and his team after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Europe's Victor Dubuisson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Victor Dubuisson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Europe's Victor Dubuisson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Victor Dubuisson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the Ryder Cup during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the Ryder Cup during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Europe's Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson kisses his partner Kathryn Tagg as they celebrate him winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.       REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson kisses his partner Kathryn Tagg as they celebrate him winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Team Europe golfer Rory McIlroy embraces Jamie Donaldson (L) as they celebrate Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.    REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Team Europe golfer Rory McIlroy embraces Jamie Donaldson (L) as they celebrate Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson celebrates with champagne after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.        REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson celebrates with champagne after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Europe's Miguel Angel Jimenez (front right) and Thomas Bjorn celebrate after securing the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Miguel Angel Jimenez (front right) and Thomas Bjorn celebrate after securing the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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USA's Patrick Reed shakes hands with some Europe fans during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

USA's Patrick Reed shakes hands with some Europe fans during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Team Europe golfer Rory McIlroy (R) and Justin Rose celebrate teammate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley, to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green, during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.     REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Team Europe golfer Rory McIlroy (R) and Justin Rose celebrate teammate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley, to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green, during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Europe's Jamie Donaldson celebrates after Europe win the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Jamie Donaldson celebrates after Europe win the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Europe's Jamie Donaldson (left) celebrates with captain Paul McGinley after winning the Ryder cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Jamie Donaldson (left) celebrates with captain Paul McGinley after winning the Ryder cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (R) raises his arms as he celebrates after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.    REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (R) raises his arms as he celebrates after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (L) celebrates with teammate Rory McIlroy after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (L) celebrates with teammate Rory McIlroy after winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy (L) shakes hands with U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler after winning 5&4 on the 14th green during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.      REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy (L) shakes hands with U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler after winning 5&4 on the 14th green during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (L) shakes hands with U.S. player Keegan Bradley after winning their match to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson (L) shakes hands with U.S. player Keegan Bradley after winning their match to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Europe's Jamie Donaldson walks down the fifteenth fairway after playing into the green during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Jamie Donaldson walks down the fifteenth fairway after playing into the green during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Team Europe players Rory McIlroy (L) and Justin Rose (C) celebrate teammate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley    to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during their 40th Ryder Cup singles golf match at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Team Europe players Rory McIlroy (L) and Justin Rose (C) celebrate teammate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during their 40th Ryder Cup singles golf match at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy celebrates as he wins 5&4 on the 14th green against U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

European Ryder Cup player Rory McIlroy celebrates as he wins 5&4 on the 14th green against U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Amy Mickelson and Sybi Kuchar (R), the wives of U.S. Ryder Cup players Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, high five Team U.S. fans on the second fairway during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Amy Mickelson and Sybi Kuchar (R), the wives of U.S. Ryder Cup players Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, high five Team U.S. fans on the second fairway during the 40th Ryder Cup singles matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Europe vice captain Miguel Angel Jimenez entertains the crowd on the first tee during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe vice captain Miguel Angel Jimenez entertains the crowd on the first tee during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Europe captain Paul McGinley (right) and Sir Alex Ferguson on the first tee during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe captain Paul McGinley (right) and Sir Alex Ferguson on the first tee during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates victory against Jordan Spieth of the United States with caddie Ken Comboy on the 17th hole during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates victory against Jordan Spieth of the United States with caddie Ken Comboy on the 17th hole during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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28 September 2014; Eddie Jordan watching Rory McIlroy, Team Europe, during his Singles Match against Rickie Fowler, Team USA. The 2014 Ryder Cup, Final Day. Gleneagles, Scotland. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

28 September 2014; Eddie Jordan watching Rory McIlroy, Team Europe, during his Singles Match against Rickie Fowler, Team USA. The 2014 Ryder Cup, Final Day. Gleneagles, Scotland. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Graeme McDowell (R) of Europe celebrates victory against Jordan Spieth of the United States with team mate Rory McIlroy on the 17th hole during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Graeme McDowell (R) of Europe celebrates victory against Jordan Spieth of the United States with team mate Rory McIlroy on the 17th hole during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Europe team captain Paul McGinley shares a joke with Europe team vice captains Jose Maria Olazabal, Sam Torrance, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Des Smyth during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Europe team captain Paul McGinley shares a joke with Europe team vice captains Jose Maria Olazabal, Sam Torrance, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Des Smyth during the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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28 September 2014; An Irish flag during the Singles Matches. The 2014 Ryder Cup, Final Day. Gleneagles, Scotland. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

28 September 2014; An Irish flag during the Singles Matches. The 2014 Ryder Cup, Final Day. Gleneagles, Scotland. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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Team Europe captain Paul McGinley and fans celebrate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green, during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.      REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Team Europe captain Paul McGinley and fans celebrate Jamie Donaldson winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green, during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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Europe's Ian Poulter celebrates winning the ninth hole during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Europe's Ian Poulter celebrates winning the ninth hole during the Singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson embraces his partner Kathryn Tagg as they celebrate him winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014.      REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

Team Europe golfer Jamie Donaldson embraces his partner Kathryn Tagg as they celebrate him winning his match against U.S. player Keegan Bradley to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 15th green during the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)

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USA's Patrick Reed reacts during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

USA's Patrick Reed reacts during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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European team players Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate winning the Ryder Cup

Asked to respond, Watson says they have a different philosophy. He dismissed Azinger's system by saying, "It's not pods. It's 12 players."

"We had a great formula in '08 and I don't know why we have strayed from it," American left-hander Mickelson, a veteran of 10 Ryder Cups, told Golf Channel on Sunday after Europe had retained the trophy.

"I don't know why we don't ever try going back to it. What Zinger (Paul Azinger) did was really a good format and maybe we ought to relive something like that."

Six years ago, Azinger's imaginative captaincy paved the way for a first U.S. Ryder Cup victory since 1999 after he revamped the selection process to give him the hottest players and switched the opening Cup session from fourballs to foursomes.

However, his most successful ploy was implementing a 'pod' system whereby his team was split into four groups of three players who gelled superbly that week at Valhalla after practising and playing together.

Watson, who was also captain when the U.S. last won the Ryder Cup on foreign soil in 1993, singled out the woeful display by the Americans in the foursomes as the decisive factor this week at Gleneagles.

"The combined scores for our team in foursomes were really, really high compared to theirs," the 65-year-old told NBC Sports. "That was the biggest difference in the play this week.

"We gave them a shot here in the singles. We made them (Europe) think about us early on in the singles and then they turned it on. But the foursomes play is what separated the two teams."

Cup veteran Jim Furyk, beaten one-up by Spaniard Sergio Garcia in the singles, was dumbfounded by Europe's dominance in the foursomes at Gleneagles.

"I always feel like that's a format that we have been very strong at and where we've done really well in the past," said Furyk, 44, after Europe won the 40th Ryder Cup by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2.

"Here we went out and won the fourballs 5-3 and got decimated 7-1 in the foursomes. All in all, it was too much to come back from. I felt like we had a lot of guys that could play well in that format."

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