U.S. should build team with Ryder Cup in mind, so don’t pick Mickelson
I read with interest Dan O’Neill’s article suggesting that Phil Mickelson should be picked for the Presidents Cup team based on past accomplishments [“Tiger’s clear pick for Presidents Cup (after Tiger, of course),” Oct. 22]. I am a huge Mickelson fan, so I think that would be cool.
But the colder-blooded side of me thinks we should be doing something different. It is time for the U.S. side to start thinking of the Presidents Cup as a proving ground for the Ryder Cup. We should be picking potential Ryder Cup players such as Kevin Kisner, Tony Finau or even Collin Morikawa. See which pairings work with guys who clearly will be on the team in the future. Plus, they would be on a somewhat big stage, and it would provide incentive to work harder in the Ryder Cup year. Wouldn't it be easier to jell as a team for the Ryder Cup if they had already jelled for the Presidents Cup? And tasted victory?
It's also time that Ryder Cup hopefuls played a course such as Hilton Head during the year when the Ryder Cup is played in Europe, so that they are used to a setup that takes bomb-and-gouge out of the equation. Is it really too much to ask? Is it me or is everybody getting tired of big-name American golfers not adjusting their playing styles to the course presented?
Maybe Mickelson could be the designated captain/alternate and he could pull a Suzann Pettersen-type performance off the bench.
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