PGA TOUR

Phil Mickelson confident he’ll make Ryder Cup team

August 6, 2014

Fresh off his final round 62 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Phil Mickelson exuded confidence on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio when talking about this weekend’s PGA Championship, and his prospects of gaining a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

“I feel much better, and had a good practice day Monday and Tuesday,” Mickelson told Dennis Paulson. “I’m looking forward to this event. I feel like I’m not searching like I have this year trying to find it. I feel like after the weekend at Bridgestone, my game feels pretty sharp, and I just need to kind of maintain that feel as I head into the tournament. It’s a nice change.”

Earlier this week, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio spoke with the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson. Watson sounded pessimistic about the chances of the world’s most recognizable golfer, Tiger Woods, landing a captain’s spot on the squad. The world’s second most recognizable golfer, though, told Paulson he expects to secure his spot on the team this weekend.

“I wanna try to get on that team,” Mickelson said, “and [Watson] said some nice things about the 62, and it was cool that he was watching. I told him, ‘Gosh, you know, 62 and 10 birdies, that’s really good for best ball.’ I just wanted him to know that, just in case things don’t go this week the way I’m planning, because I do think that after Sunday I’ll get on the team. I’m starting to play some good golf.

Mickelson enters the weekend 11th in Ryder Cup standings. The top 10 golfers get automatic bids, and Watson will get two additional captain’s picks. (Watson will also likely get a third captain’s pick due to Dustin Johnson’s decision to take time off from the game. Johnson is fifth in the standings.)