Phil Mickelson still chasing Ryder Cup berth but would accept vice-captain role
August 27, 2021
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- Phil Mickelson has made 12 Ryder Cup appearances and played in 47 matches in his career. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Phil Mickelson, a staple of every Ryder Cup team since 1995, is still trying to force his way into Steve Stricker’s line up but confirmed he’d accept a vice-captains role should he fail to make the squad.
Mickelson sits 19th on the U.S. team points list with the top six automatic picks confirmed following the BMW Championship this week. Stricker will then select six more members to round out the squad after the TOUR Championship.
After an opening round 4-under 68 at Caves Valley Mickelson needs a huge final three rounds to make a surge into Stricker’s thinking and even qualify for the TOUR Championship. The veteran came in as the last man qualified at 70th in the FedExCup and needs to finish in the top 3 to advance.
As his second-round tee time approached he sat eight shots off the lead.
“The only way for me to have a realistic chance of being picked is to get into the TOUR Championship and then play well in the TOUR Championship,” Mickelson said.
“I'm certainly a long shot I would say, but I'm starting to play well, and if I can put together three good rounds, you never know.”
Of course Stricker can pick anyone he likes and may yet still decide Mickelson’s experience, and the fact he proved his winning prowess by becoming the oldest major champion ever at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in May, should be part of his squad.
Mickelson was on winning teams in 1999, 2008 and 2016 but has lost nine times and holds a 18-22-7 record in 47 matches which is the record for most played and most losses.
When asked directly about taking up a position amongst Stricker’s captaincy team that includes Davis Love III, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk at this time, Mickelson admitted he’d consider it.
“I love being a part of the Ryder Cup in any way, shape or form, so of course. But I'm not thinking about that right now,” he said.