Phil Mickelson will wear the USA’s colors once again.
Mickelson, who has played on every Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup team since 1994, was one of two at-large selections announced Wednesday by U.S. captain Steve Stricker for the upcoming Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
While Mickelson will be making his 23rd appearance in a team event, Charley Hoffman, the other captain’s pick, will be making his first when the U.S. faces the Internationals on Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
Mickelson, a winner of 42 PGA Tour titles including five majors, hasn’t won since the 2013 British Open and finished 15th in the standings, with the top 10 automatically making the team after last week’s Dell Technologies Championship. But the member of the World Golf Hall of Fame finally flashed some form last week, finishing in a tie for sixth. That was enough for Stricker to take him over Brian Harman, Jason Dufner and Gary Woodland, who finished No. 12-14. Harman won Wells Fargo and finished second in the U.S. Open, while Dufner won the Memorial.
“It means a lot to me this year because the players and the captains wanted me on the team even though I didn’t get the spot on my own,” Mickelson said. “I really love being around these guys. I respect and know how great these guys are. And this team is a special team.”
Mickelson, 47, acknowledged after the PGA Championship that his mental focus and energy level had been inadequate much of the year. He said he recently met with a doctor who helped him with arthritis issues a few years ago. Mickelson, without saying if he was taking any medication, said he’s feeling much better.
“I feel like my ball-striking has been as good or better than it has ever been the last year, year and a half, but what I haven’t been able to do is get a good picture of the shot. And golf has to be a reactionary sport; I need to see the shot I want to create and let my body to do it,” Mickelson said. “That’s where I have been struggling. But my energy level and my ability to focus has come back. I’m on the right path and last week was very encouraging.”
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