‘Well Timed’ – American Players Detail the Effects of Phil Mickelson’s Involvement at Ryder Cup 2020

Published 09/28/2021, 11:18 AM EDT
September 21, 2021; Kohler, Wisconsin, USA; U.S. Team vice-captain Phil Mickelson waves to the fans along the eighth hole during a practice round for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Undoubtedly, Phil Mickelson is an eternal Ryder Cup legend. The veteran golfer has a record of 13 consecutive appearances at the prestigious biennial cup. However, this year was the first time that he stayed out of the playing field and instead joined the team as an assistant captain.

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA vice captain Phil Mickelson after winning The Ryder Cup REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Nevertheless, Mickelson was ecstatic at the opportunity of being part of the team. Talking about the same, he thanked captain Steve Stricker for including him and said on twitter that he was ‘humbled and honoured’ at this chance to lead the team.

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Team USA on Phil Mickelson and his contributions

A journalist addressed a question to Jordan Spieth in the post event press conference. He asked, “What has Vice Captain Mickelson brought to the squad?” Curiously enough, a few laughs broke out across the team.

Spieth deflected the question to Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler, saying that he didn’t spend enough time with him and hung out more with Zach Johnson.

The 25-year-old rookie, Scottie Scheffler, expressed his happiness with the Ryder Cup legend. He said, “Phil did a wonderful job for us. He kept things loose. I think he was really well timed for how excited he got for certain things.” In reference, he gave an example of his excitement for when DeChambeau hit a 42o-yard drive.

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Scheffler ended on a positive note by saying, “He was pretty jacked up for a few moments, but he did a good job of keeping us loose. He did a wonderful job, and he was great to have on the team.”

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 22, 2021 Team USA captain Steve Stricker speaks with Team USA vice captain Phil Mickelson on the 12th tee during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The question then passed to captain Stricker. He jokingly began by saying, “Anything Phil said during this whole competition I cannot repeat!” That caused the entire team to erupt into fits of laughter by way of agreement.

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He carried on, saying, “He was great to have on the team. His lightness, his demeanor with the team made the whole atmosphere in the team room that much better as well.”

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Ishita Bhargava

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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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