Mickelson ‘disappointed’ after PGA
Phil Mickelson says he is disappointed with his performance at the US PGA Championship despite finishing second and qualifying for the US Ryder Cup team.
Mickelson shot a five-under par 66 in the final round at Valhalla Golf Club to finish just one shot behind winner Rory McIlroy.
According to BBC sport, the five-time major winner was not happy with the result.
“This is just a little glimpse of what I feel I can do and I’ll see if I can work on it some more,” Mickelson said.
“It was fun to get back back in the mix and feel the pressure. I just ran out of steam after 12 holes.
“I am disappointed in the outcome. If I could have finished the last five or six holes strongly, it could have flipped the way I feel about the whole year.”
Mickelson surged up the US Ryder Cup points table to secure his spot on the team as result of his PGA Championship performance. The table sees players earn one point for every $1000 won on the US PGA Tour. The top nine ranked players then automatically qualify for the team.
The PGA Championship was the last opportunity for players to earn points and Mickelson’s place was in doubt ahead of the tournament, but the hefty cash prize claimed at Valhalla saw him move up to fifth.
Mickelson has played in the tournament an unprecedented nine times so far and will extend the record if he stays injury free. His appearances have all been consecutive.
He joins Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson on the team. Tom Watson captains the side with Steve Stricker as vice captain.
Watson will still select any three other players, regardless of where they finished on the table, as his “captain’s picks”
The announcement of the last three team members is scheduled for 2 September, ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup on 23 September at Gleneagles.
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