JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) â Phil Mickelson is the voice of experience in team competition, and there’s no comparison.
He was on the putting green Wednesday morning at the Presidents Cup, explaining to some of the six rookies on the American team why the teams might change for the final day of practice, the schedule after the team photo, just about anything short of how to tie their shoes.
Mickelson has played in the Presidents Cup every year since it began in 1994. He has played in every Ryder Cup since 1995. Add them up and this will be his 23rd consecutive time playing in a team event.
For someone like PGA champion Justin Thomas, playing in his first one, that can be hard to fathom.
“I can’t, especially because I was 1 when he playing in his first one, which is really crazy to think,” Thomas said. “I would love to see what kind of person he was then. I’m sure he was still the same kind of guy. But it’s crazy. To be that good for that long and to have the reputation that he does, being that much of a leader, a role model in the team rooms … I don’t know if it will ever be topped.”
Playing on so many Presidents Cup teams has mainly been a happy occasion. The Americans have lost only one of them, in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, and tied the International team in 2003 in South Africa.
The International team, with Nick Price as captain for a third straight time, gets another chance to end a losing streak that is getting out of hand.
We’ve got a lot of power,” Price said. “I’ve always said this â 18-hole match play is anybody’s game.”
It’s been in the American game in this format, and Mickelson always figures into the equation.
That ultimately might be one of…