How psyched up over the US Ryder Cup’s victory two weeks ago at Hazeltine is Phil Mickelson? He’s already making plans for the 2018 installment of the biannual rivalry.
Outside of winning the US Open to complete his career Grand Slam, Mickelson is already expressing interest in being on the Ryder Cup in two years as the US goes for its first win on European soil since 1993 when the US took a 15-13 victory in England on a final-round victory by Davis Love III – the captain of the 2016 team. To put it into perspective just how much time has gone by – it was Love’s rookie campaign on the Ryder Cup – he was 29 years old.
Mickelson went 2-1-1 at the 2016 Ryder Cup and at 46 is only six years younger than captain Love. It was his 11th career Ryder Cup and he has played 45 career matches.
It’s been 22 years since there have been 10 Americans that have been able to beat me [out to make the team], so I don’t know why it would stop now,” Mickelson said Wednesday at Silverado Resort, where he will play in the Safeway Open. “I plan on being on the team in France and absolutely one of my goals is to play in France because I’ve never been on a winning Ryder Cup team over in Europe. I want to win a Ryder Cup over there, and I want to be part of that as a player.”
Mickelson and longtime rival Tiger Woods are both on the Ryder Cup committee who help pick the next coach as well as the team for 2018.