Phil Mickelson’s historic victory on the PGA Championship not solely bolstered his probabilities of finishing the profession Grand Slam on the U.S. Open.
It additionally put him again on the radar for the Ryder Cup.
An afterthought for the Americans due to his listless play over the previous year, Mickelson’s win at Kiawah Island vaulted him 36 spots within the standings, up to No. 16 – sandwiched between reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Scottie Scheffler and rising star Sam Burns.
Mickelson made 24 consecutive U.S. groups earlier than he was left off the 2019 Presidents Cup. So within the afterglow of his PGA win, what are his ideas now on donning the purple, white and blue once more at Whistling Straits?
“If I’m the captain, I’m not going to want a guy that plays well one week in an entire year,” Mickelson instructed reporters Wednesday on the Charles Schwab Challenge. “And so just because I played really well last week and won a big championship, that does not warrant a spot on the team by any means, but I know I at least have an opportunity over the course of the next three months to play at a high level consistently and maybe be in a position to add something to the team.”
Mickelson appeared genuinely torn on the concept of enjoying one other cup at age 51 as a result of he’d doubtlessly be taking a spot from an up-and-comer who might assist the Americans over the subsequent decade.
“We have such a good group of young players, I don’t want to disrupt that either,” he stated. “We have a lot of talented players, and I’ve had 25 years now of playing, so it may be time to step aside and let these young guys take over, and certainly they are playing well enough to do it and to represent the United States incredibly well. But for me personally, if I could add to the team and not be a hindrance or a distraction, I would obviously love to be a part of it because they are such special events, and I would love to be able to play for Captain (Steve) Stricker.”
Stricker has been buddies and teammates with Mickelson over the previous 20 years. Because the Ryder Cup was pushed again a year due to the pandemic, Stricker now has six captain’s picks to make together with the six automated qualifiers. As of now, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele are in line for automated berths.
The U.S. staff shall be finalized over the subsequent three months, with the Ryder Cup now scheduled for Sept. 24-26.
“All I have now is an opportunity to show consistency over the next three months, because one event – that’s not the guy you want that plays well one week,” Mickelson stated. “You want to know what you’re getting, and if I can do that consistently now for the next three months, then I might be able to really add something to the team. But if not, it’s time for the young guys to take over and run with it, because they are so talented.”