Sir Nick Faldo welcomed Phil Mickelson into the “Six Major Club” – which earlier than Sunday was solely populated by him and Lee Trevino – and declared that the left-hander must be given the prospect to break another “oldest ever” record at September’s Ryder Cup.
Mickelson moved up 36 locations within the US standings courtesy of winning the USPGA Championship on Sunday, however at the moment mendacity sixteenth continues to be seemingly to want one among Steve Stricker’s six wildcards.
Stricker was non committal on the Ocean Course when requested about Mickelson’s candidature – albeit earlier than the 50-year-old won to break Julius Boros’ record as the oldest major winner. But Faldo believes the house captain ought to and can choose the evergreen left-hander.
“I’m very happy and impressed to welcome Phil into the ‘Six Major Club’ with Lee – we could do with some company after, what 25 years together, apart from when Tiger (Woods) popped in for a brief spell.” Faldo informed Telegraph Sport. “And I’m pretty sure Mr Stricker will be more than considering Phil for the Ryder Cup now. Whistling Straits is another Pete Dye ‘linksy’ test and it’s only right because back in the old days the [US] PGA winner was an automatic place in the US team, wasn’t it?”
The PGA of America dropped that regulation in 1991 – paradoxically the yr that the match befell on the Ocean Course – with John Daly the primary Wanamaker Trophy winner to miss out.
Since then Rich Beem is the one American to win the USPGA in a Ryder Cup yr and never play – though in 2002 the groups have been chosen in 2001 earlier than the match was postponed – and the sensible cash is for Mickelson to get the nod to make an unprecedented thirteenth look.
Mickelson would develop into the oldest ever Ryder Cup participant, scratching out the identify of Ray Floyd who was 51 years and 20 days on the primary day of the 1993 Ryder Cup.
Yet regardless of ending in a tie for fourth on Sunday – his first PGA Tour high 10 in 9 years – Padraig Harrington insists he can be a captain and a captain alone in Wisconsin.
“I’m well past that time,” the 49-year-old mentioned. “I’m too long in the tooth now at this stage, sweating through five rounds of golf and all that goes with it.
“I’m very much dedicated to being the captain. I’m letting other people have their time. I had mine. And you can’t do both. Nobody’s ever going to be a Ryder Cup captain and a player at the same time.”
His compatriot Shane Lowry, nonetheless, has elevated his probabilities. The reigning Open champion performed with Harrington within the remaining spherical and matched his rating additionally to end in a tie for fourth. It moved the 34 yr previous up to tenth within the standings, only one behind the final computerized berth, now held by out-of-form Frenchman Victor Perez.
“Shane as we know is a big-time player and likes playing big golf courses on the big occasion,” Harrington added. “There’s a quality about him; he wouldn’t stand on a tee box and fear anybody.
“There’s nine guys there at the moment, but if you want to get a pick, you’re going to have to impress because there’s plenty of guys. I seem to have an abundance of players in that running for those three picks.
“You’ve got to think six, seven players who could be in the running, and you’ve just got to impress. Shane did a good job and certainly did himself no harm and we’ll see how the next couple of months go.”