Mickelson: I don’t deserve a Presidents Cup spot
It’s been a seven or eight-month slump in form.
So even popular American Phil Mickelson is not too proud to admit that, given his recent form, he didn’t deserve a spot in the US Presidents Cup squad soon to head Down Under to take on the Internationals at Royal Melbourne in December.
Phil Mickelson (Credit: Callaway)
At the recent CJ Cup in South Korea, Mickelson narrowly avoided falling outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in 26 years, finishing in a tie for 31st and falling from 47th to World No. 50.
Mickelson is determined to do something about his form slump and has lost some weight and beefed up his playing schedule as he searches for the form which has seen him win five major championships and 44 US Tour events in a stellar career.
Bernhard Langer and the other multiple winners on the US Seniors Tour must be shaking in their soft spikes at the prospect of the 49-year-old joining their Tour when he hits the magic half-century mark in the middle of next year.
But in the meantime, Mickelson has bigger fish to fry: He has played on every Ryder Cup team since 1995 and is keen to be there again next year when the Europeans head for Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Unimpressed with his own form at missing automatic qualifying for the Presidents Cup, ‘Lefty’ wants to make sure that is not an issue when next year’s Ryder Cup team is selected.
“I have not done enough to warrant a pick (in the Presidents Cup),” said Mickelson.
“I’m not asking for one…and I don’t expect one,” he said. “I think there’s a lot better options for the US side.”
“I would like to add that I am starting to play much better golf and I’m excited about this upcoming season.”
“And I’m excited about making the Ryder Cup team next year…and I plan on doing that.”
Mickelson is strangely sitting out this week’s ZOZO Championship in Japan but will tee it up at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai starting on October 31st.