For this month’s Ryder Cup 2020 at Whistling Straits, US captain Steve Stricker has named Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples as vice-captains.
After being nominated as one of Steve Stricker’s vice-captains for Team USA, Phil Mickelson’s streak of 12 consecutive Ryder Cup 2020 participation appears to be coming to an end this month.
Since his debut in the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill, the 51-year-old has been a member of every American Ryder Cup team, making the most appearances for Team USA in the biennial event. He has also been a member of three winning teams.
After becoming the oldest major champion in history at the PGA Championship in May, Mickelson was a likely candidate for a 13th Ryder Cup trip, but he had only one top-60 result in eight PGA Tour starts since that victory at Kiawah Island.
The six-time major champion will be one of five vice-captains on Stricker’s backroom staff at Whistling Straits from September 24-26. He has played more matches and won more fourball points than any other American player in Ryder Cup history.
Five-time Ryder Cup champion Fred Couples returns to the role he held during the ‘Miracle of Medinah’ in 2012, with Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, and Zach Johnson rounding up the American vice-captains.
“I’ve been in frequent communication with both Freddie and Phil for a long now, talking about all things Ryder Cup,” Stricker said. “They both have such a love for the Ryder Cup, and they deliver honest and effective commentary.”
“I’m honoured that they agreed to join our squad and assist us to put ourselves in the best position to win at Whistling Straits in a few weeks.”
✌️ legends, 17 combined @RyderCup appearances.
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 1, 2021
Following the end of the BMW Championship, Team USA’s six automatic qualifiers were announced, with Collin Morikawa placing first ahead of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Patrick Cantlay.
On Wednesday, September 8, Stricker will reveal his six captain’s picks, while the European Ryder Cup qualification season concludes on Sunday, September 12 at the BMW PGA Championship.
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