Phil Mickelson: No bonding problems for the US Ryder Cup team
Phil Mickelson has rubbished the notion that the US Ryder Cup teams don't bond as well as their European counterparts.Mickelson is making his consecutive appearance in the tournament, a record for a US player, but their recent record is poor, with Europe winning or retaining nine of the last 13 Ryder Cups."It would be a great misperception to think that the US team didn't gel or get along and that led to poor play," said Mickelson.Live on Sky SportsLive Ryder Cup Golf2012 Day One: FoursomesSeptember 28, 2012 12:30pm
"I think the veterans need to feed off the younger players as much as the young players need a little bit of guidance from the experienced players.
"Our highlights, our moments that we look back on in the Ryder Cup are '99 and '08, the two times we have won. We want to create another memory, another special week."
The pairings are not yet official but Mickelson expects to be partnered with Keegan Bradley.
"It is no secret here," he said. "It is fun playing with Keegan because this is his first event and first team event.
"He is so excited and that exuberance and energy that he brings, you feed off it."
US skipper Davis Love III says he has a seen a change in Mickelson's approach to the event over the years.
"He's a lot like Tiger," he said. "They both came to the teams trying to win a whole bunch of points and they thought that was what they were supposed to do and now they just want to win."