Phil: Not Ryder Cup worthy with out enchancment


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Phil Mickelson went to the driving vary after his third spherical on the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, looking for solutions.

If he would not discover them quickly, Mickelson mentioned he doesn’t deserve a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup staff subsequent month.

A victory in Could on the PGA Championship appeared to place Mickelson on the trail to a thirteenth consecutive look within the biennial matches, however the outcomes have been poor since that historic win that noticed him turn into the oldest main champion.

“I’ve three occasions (to go) and I have never had a top-10 exterior of the PGA,” Mickelson mentioned when taking a break from his observe session at TPC Southwind, the place he shot a third-round 70 and is tied for twenty fifth. “You may’t take any individual that’s that inconsistent. I’ve three occasions, right here and the 2 playoff occasions.

“And if I end excessive in these occasions and transfer up on the checklist, you by no means know. However it’s a must to have a bit bit extra consistency and momentum I feel.”

Mickelson is helped by the truth that U.S. captain Steve Stricker has six at-large picks. That enables for a bit extra leeway in deciding to fill out his staff, which can have six computerized qualifiers following the BMW Championship later this month.

In the meanwhile, the top-six computerized spots are held by Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.

Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Harris English are subsequent. English is in rivalry on the FedEx St. Jude and a victory would transfer him into the top-six. Others who can be thought of for spots might be Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa and anybody else who probably will get scorching throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs which begin in two weeks on the Northern Belief.

Mickelson, 51, is seventeenth within the Ryder Cup factors and is in line to make the Northern Belief and BMW Tournaments. He’s 58th in FedEx factors and the highest 125 make the sphere on the Northern Belief whereas the highest 70 advance to the BMW. From there, the highest 30 advance to Atlanta for the season-ending Tour Championship.

Whereas the highest six for the Ryder Cup are chosen following the BMW, Stricker will not make his six picks till after the Tour Championship. Mickelson was unaware of that.

“Effectively there you go,” he mentioned. “I in all probability must get there (to Atlanta), play properly and have some momentum. I want a few good finishes after which it might be straightforward to justify. However I feel with no top-10s it might be powerful to justify.”

This his Mickelson’s seventeenth occasion of 2021. The 45-time PGA Tour winner who has six main titles has not completed among the many high 20 in any of the opposite 15 tournaments he has performed exterior of the PGA victory. His subsequent greatest is a tie for twenty first on the Masters.

Since successful the PGA, Mickelson, who’s ranked thirty first on this planet, has missed two cuts – together with at The Open – and his greatest end is a tie for 61st on the Vacationers Championship. Mickelson has performed in each Ryder Cup going again to his first in 1995, the place he went 3-0. That is 12 straight, together with a 0-2 report in 2018 throughout a U.S. loss in Paris. In these 12 Ryder Cups, the U.S. has gone 3-9, with the one victories coming in 1999, 2008 and 2016. Mickelson is 18-22-7 general.

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