Phil Mickelson: '2018 Could Be My Last Ryder Cup'

Lefty admitted that he might not ever appear in the Ryder Cup again as a player

Phil Mickelson: '2018 Could Be My Last Ryder Cup'

Lefty admitted that he might not ever appear in the Ryder Cup again as a player

Phil Mickelson: '2018 Could Be My Last Ryder Cup'

Phil Mickelson failed to justify his wildcard pick for the 42nd Ryder Cup in a week where he lost both of his matches.

Lefty was a dead-cert for a pick from Jim Furyk, simply because he is Phil Mickelson, but between then and Le Golf National he completely lost his game.

The five-time major champion lost in the foursomes on Friday with Bryson DeChambeau and then sat out all of Saturday before losing in singles to Francesco Molinari, which was the crucial point for Europe.

Mickelson is now 48 and will be 50 by the time the next Ryder Cup takes place.

He admitted in the post-match press conference that this year may have been his last.

"This could very well, realistically, be my last one," he said.

"It's difficult to talk about it because it means so much to me over the years, and I did not play well this year.

"But with these guys, I'm motivated now to work hard, to not go out on this note, and I'm motivated to play well these next two years to get back at Whistling Straits and to show what I can do in these events, because this week was not my best.

"I was not playing my best, and I spent more time hitting balls throughout the week than I have all year trying to find something that would click, and it's just been a struggle.

"The last month has been a struggle, ever since I shot 63 right before being picked, I've struggled."

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Lefty should have been a Vice Captain this year now looking back with hindsight and he may well fill that role in two years at Whistling Straits.

The American played on his 12th-straight Ryder Cup team this year which was his 24th-straight team when you take into account the Presidents Cup too.

However, he went 0-2 at Le Golf National and also took the record for the most ever losses in the match with 22.

It would be a sad ending to the Ryder Cup for Phil if it were to be his last, and it may well be.

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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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