I disagree with this, but I get it. You always want the star player to be the hero, and you always want them to demand the ball. If you coached the Lakers, you would worry the first time Kobe said "you better pass it to Metta, I am not feeling it tonight." But in certain situations, that is not always the prudent play. The first that comes to mind is the star pitcher who is always going to want the ball (or at least say so to the media) in the playoffs on 3 days rest. He wants to be the hero, but it's up to the manager to know that, historically, pitchers rarely perform well on 3 days rest, so its usually a bad idea. We learned this weekend that the same thing is true in the Ryder Cup. I don't remember the exact record, but they said that players who play in all 4 team sessions rarely win on Sunday. DLIII was well aware of that, and he said that it was his intention for nobody to play 5 matches. So why would you be mentally prepared to play Saturday afternoon if you already knew that you weren't going to? In my opinion, it's that type of prudence and honestly that separates an experienced team player from an overly confident young one. Additionally, when you have that kind of experience you HAVE to have that prudence because your coach is going to trust you more. He will be a lot more apt to take you at your word than a rookie who is flooding with OVER-confidence and is apt to say what he thinks the coach/media/guys-on-golf-forums want to hear.
I also liked seeing Phil appreciate Justin Rose's good play over the last few holes, as others on here have mentioned they didn't like. It showed class and appreciation, I thought. Nothing more, nothing less.
couple things - according to golf channel Americans since 1979 who played all 5 rounds are 17-11-7 in singles. Phil and Keegan won the first 3 matches in 44 holes total...so they shouldn't be that tired. The manager (Capt for this event but the same role) asked them to play, in doing so he had obviously decieded they were able and his best option. i appreciate your opinions but in this case i don't agree with them..and i honestly hate to say that.
I had no problem with Phil's reaction to the Rose putt and i don't believe for a minute the reaction changed anything that would have happened on 18.