This year, PGA Tour veteran Phil Mickelson will be participating in the Ryder Cup as Team USA’s vice-captain. Full of experience, Mickelson is no stranger to the Ryder Cup. Over the years, the 51-year-old has been a part of multiple Ryder Cup editions, collecting various records over the years. Let’s take a look at Mickelson’s Ryder Cup appearances and his overall records.
Since 1995, Phil Mickelson has been a part of every Ryder Cup. This year, Mickelson will be a coach, looking to guide a significantly younger Team USA. His contributions over the years, though, cannot be neglected.
A look at Phil Mickelson’s Ryder Cup appearances
Mickelson’s career record (W-L-H) – 18-22-7
Singles (W-L-H) – 8-6-1
Foursomes (W-L-H) – 5-8-4
Four-balls (W-L-H) – 8-8-2
Mickelson has played 12 Ryder Cup tournaments – 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Overall, he has also played 47 matches. According to reports, he has the most Ryder Cup appearances, along with most fourball points won (nine). Additionally, he has also played most matches overall, overtaking Nick Faldo’s previous record of 46. He has also played 17 foursome matches.
Mickelson’s Ryder Cup records
Most US Ryder Cup appearances
Most US fourball points won
Most overall matches played
Most foursomes matches
17 (Second most all-time)
Reports also add that Mickelson was also in the running to be the captain this season. However, despite him being a viable candidate, his play dwindled after his PGA Championship win in Kiawah. That being said, Mickelson is excited to be a part of the team, even if it means he cannot be a player this time around.
Mickelson’s overall Ryder Cup scores
MEMPHIS, TN – AUGUST 06: Phil Mickelson gives a thumbs up to the crowd at the No. 18 green during the second round of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, August 6, 2021 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Some notable moments
1995 Ryder Cup
Since turning professional in 1992, the 1995 Ryder Cup was his first appearance. He went 3-0-0 as a rookie, impressing many people. Despite his efforts, the US Team lost, Europeans winning 14.5 over the USA’s 13.5.
1999 Ryder Cup
Back in 1999, Mickelson and team USA won the Ryder Cup 14.5 to 13.5. It was played at the Brookline Country Club, Mickelson facing a 10-6 deficit. A young Mickelson won that day, 4 & 3 against Jarmo Sandelin.
2012 Ryder Cup
Another notable moment for Mickelson comes from the 39th Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club. Mickelson and teammate Keegan Bradley beat Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia in a 4 & 3 win and Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in a 2 & 1 win. On Day 2, they emerged victorious over Lee Westwood and Luke Donald with an impressive 7 & 6 score. Despite their effort, the Europeans took home the final 14.5 to 13.5 win.
2016 Ryder Cup
Mickelson’s Singles win over Sergio Garcia is well-remembered. The pair had 19 birdies together, the US Team taking home the Ryder Cup 17-11.
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