Phil Mickelson Explains Why Europe Always Has Always Outperformed the U.S. at Ryder Cup Team Matches

Published 09/15/2021, 2:52 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts on the 2nd hole during the second round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Phil Mickelson will make his record 13th appearance at the Ryder Cup this year. However, for the first time in 25 years, he will not be on the playing side. The 45-time PGA tour winner will come to Whistling straits as one of Team USA’s Vice-captain.

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CHASKA, MN – OCTOBER 02: Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the 15th green during singles matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 2, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The U.S. will face the defending champions, Europe, a side that has won the previous seven out of nine Ryder Cup tournaments. In the previous edition, they beat the US by a wide margin of 17½ points to 10½. Despite always coming with a comparatively stronger team, the Americans tend to suffer defeat.

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Phil Mickelson, who appeared on the 5 Clubs podcast with host Gary Williams, was asked if he knew the reason for this. With a laugh, Mickelson said that he did. Let’s take a look at what he had to say.

‘Get the best out of each other’- Phil Mickelson praises the European team

With the in-depth answer that he provided, we have reason to believe this is something he has pondered over before. Mickelson admiringly said, “I see the way they support each other, and I see the way that they have this foundation of support amongst each other to lift each other up. I see them walking together side-by-side in the fairways and with a vision of solidarity, if you will. I see them helping each other get the best out of each other.”

Apart from their great teamwork and understanding of each other, he also applauded their strategizing. He said, “I see a game plan heading into the matches. I see very little uncertainty. Everybody knows when they’re going to play and potentially who they’re going to play with. I think that type of structure makes it easier, or gets rid of some of the anxiety and the pressure because you know what to expect. It puts you in a position to play your best and to succeed ultimately.”

 

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The Americans, however, have picked up on this according to him. They are starting to put their many differences aside and play in unity. He said, “I think we’re gonna start playing some of our best golf in the coming years, I really do.”

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What do you think is the reason behind team Europe’s outstanding success at the Ryder Cup?

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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