Phil Mickelson Calls Le Golf National "Almost Unplayable"

Lefty was unhappy at the setup of the Ryder Cup course where the USA lost 17.5 - 10.5

Phil Mickelson Calls Le Golf National "Almost Unplayable"
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Lefty was unhappy at the setup of the Ryder Cup course where the USA lost 17.5 - 10.5

Phil Mickelson Calls Le Golf National "Almost Unplayable"

Europe won the 2018 Ryder Cup convincingly by 17.5 to 10.5 points in Paris and there has been some controversy coming from the USA team since their defeat.

Patrick Reed said that Jordan Spieth didn't want to play with him after their partnership as broken up, an anonymous player said Reed was full of s***, and there were reports of an altercation between Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.

And now, Phil Mickelson has criticised the course setup at Le Golf National, where fairways were narrower than regular PGA Tour courses and the rough was thick and juicy.

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The five-time major winner, who played in his 12-straight Ryder Cup, lost his Friday afternoon foursomes match with Bryson DeChambeau and then sat out until the Sunday singles, where he lost to Francesco Molinari to hand Europe the trophy.

Mickelson, never known as one of the straightest of hitters, has described the course as "almost unplayable" and said courses like Le Golf National are "a waste of my time."

After his opening 65 at the Safeway Open, the first event of the 2018/19 PGA Tour season, Lefty said, "I'm 48, I'm not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore. It's a waste of my time.

"I'm going to play courses that are playable, and I can play aggressive, attacking, make lots of birdies type of golf I like to play.

"The fairways were 14 to 16 yards wide. The fact is they had brutal rough, almost unplayable and that's not the way I play.

"I don't play like that."

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As well as his comments on the course, Mickelson also said that the unity in the USA side was as good as he has seen amid reports of the team not gelling.

"We had one of the best weeks as far as team mates and working together," he said.

"I don't know what to say, I didn't see any of that stuff happen. I only saw one of the best weeks and team unity that we've had in a long time."

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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