Phil Mickelson says his historic PGA Championship triumph is not enough to earn a Ryder Cup berth, and he’ll want to do extra to warrant choice for the US crew to tackle Europe in September.
“If I’m the captain, I’m not going to want a guy that plays well one week in an entire year,” Mickelson mentioned Wednesday as he ready to tee it up on the US PGA Tour within the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
“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 do know at the least I’ve a chance over the course of the subsequent three months to play at a excessive stage persistently and perhaps be able to add one thing to the crew.”
Mickelson has been on every US Ryder Cup squad since making his debut in the team tournament in 1995.
On Sunday, the 50-year-old Mickelson became the oldest man to win a major golf championship with his PGA triumph at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
He captured his sixth career major and was hailed as an inspiration by a bevy of young golfers as well as those of more mature years.
“There’s no cause why individuals cannot be their greatest at an older age,” Mickelson said. “After a few years of doing one thing, you have got quite a lot of expertise.
“You have a lot of knowledge and getting that out is the challenge. It might take a little bit more work like you might have to work a bit harder for me physically or you might have to be more disciplined off the golf course or practice more especially, all these things.
“But there is not any cause why we won’t be our greatest afterward in life.”
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That said, Mickelson acknowledged he didn’t know if his victory at Kiawah was a harbinger of things to come, or a glorious swansong.
“One of two issues are going to occur: Either that is going to be my final win and I’m going to have one of the cherished victories of my profession to look again on and cherish for a very long time, or I additionally could have sort of discovered a little bit one thing that helps me keep a little bit bit extra current and helps me focus all through spherical a little bit bit longer and perhaps I can execute and play golf on the highest stage for a pleasant prolonged time period now,” Mickelson mentioned.
“I do not know which one it is going to be, however both method, they’re each constructive.”
Mickelson acknowledged victories this year for mature golfers — Stewart Cink in the RBC Heritage for one and on the European Tour Richard Bland, who at 48 became the oldest first-time winner on the European Tour at the British Masters.
But he said playing with young players, including Xander Schauffele and Charley Hoffman had helped him sharpen his game.
And if he isn’t on a 13th Ryder Cup team at Whistling Straits in September he believes the US squad will be well-stocked with talent.
“If not, now we have such a great group of younger gamers, I do not need to disrupt that, both. We have quite a lot of proficient gamers, and I’ve had 25 years now of taking part in, so it might be time to step apart and let these younger guys take over, and positively they’re taking part in nicely enough and to do it and characterize the United States extremely nicely,” mentioned Mickelson, who has jumped 36 locations within the US crew standings to sixteenth.
The prime six gamers via the BMW Championship in August robotically qualify, and captain Steve Stricker will make six at-large picks.