Phil Mickelson on US Ryder Cup captaincy: I don't think I'd be the best leader

Mickelson explained that a Ryder Cup captain should be someone who brings people together

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Phil Mickelson on US Ryder Cup captaincy: I don't think I'd be the best leader
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Phil Mickelson, a controversial figure in the golf scene, has recently been linked with the 2025 captaincy at Bethpage Black. Many believe that Mickelson would be a great option for the captain, but it seems that this great golfer has such intentions. Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, Mickelson stressed that his goals are different this time around. The fact that he is one of the main ambassadors of LIV Golf is the biggest obstacle. PGA Tour players would certainly have a problem with his leadership.

“I’ve had 12, 13 opportunities to be a part of the Ryder Cup, 12 as a player one is a vice captain and I’ve loved every minute of it and cherish those moments, those life experiences.

I don’t feel I’m the right guy to be involved in the team because I’m a very divisive character right now, if you will. And I understand that the players on the PGA Tour, there’s a lot of hostilities towards me, and I don’t think I’d be the best leader for them going forward."- Mickelson said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com

Phil Mickelson on Ryder Cup captain characteristics

Mickelson explained that a Ryder Cup captain should be someone who brings people together and has solid relationships. He admitted that he is aware of being divisive and okay with it, knowing that it might take a few years and face criticism before becoming a unifying figure for the team.

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Mickelson expressed that it's time for others to have the opportunity to create their own memories, seize chances, and gain valuable life experiences through the Ryder Cup.  The fact is that Mickelson has done great things playing in the Ryder Cup. However, the time has come to see some new faces and some new leaders. 

The US team has the motive to win on home soil. On the other hand, the Europeans want to do a feat they haven't done in a long time: win on away soil. Looking at their performance last year, many believe that the European team could indeed repeat the success of 2023.

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