MEMFIS, Tenn. – Phil Mickelson after his third round at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational went to the driving range in search of answers.
If he does not get it soon, Mickelson said he will not earn a place in the U.S. Ryder Cup team next month.
A victory at the PGA Championship in May apparently put Mickelson on the road to a 13th consecutive game in the biennial, but his results have been weak since the historic victory with which he became the oldest grand champion.
“I have three more events and I have not yet had a top-10 outside of the PGA,” Mickelson said as he took a breather during his training session at TPC Southwind, where he shot a 70th in the third round. has and tied with the 25th. “You can not take someone who is so inconsistent. I have three meetings, here and the two playoffs.
“And if I end up high in the events and go on the list, you never know. But I need to have a little more consistency and momentum.”
Mickelson is helped by the fact that the American captain Steve Stricker has six major choices. It offers a bit more room to decide to fill in his squad, which has six automatic heats after the BMW Championship later this month.
Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Harris Engels is next. English is in dispute at the FedEx St. Jude and a win would put him in the top six. Others who are eligible for places may be Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa and anyone else who might get hot during the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin in two weeks at the Northern Trust.
Mickelson, 51, is 17th in the Ryder Cup points and is in line to win the Northern Trust and BMW tournaments. He is 58th in FedEx points and the top -125 takes the field at the Northern Trust, while the top-70 penetrates to the BMW. From there, the top-30 advanced to Atlanta for the season-ending Tour Championship.
While the top six for the Ryder Cup will be selected following the BMW, Stricker will only make his six choices after the touring championship. Mickelson was unaware of this.
“Well,” he says. ‘I should probably get there (to Atlanta), play well and have some momentum. I need some good finishes, and then it’s easy to justify. But I think without a top-10 it would be hard to justify it. ‘
This is Mickelson’s 17th event of 2021. The 45-time PGA Tour with six major titles has yet to finish in the top 20 in any of the other 15 tournaments he has played outside of the PGA Tour. His next best is a draw for the 21st at the Masters.
Since winning the PGA, Mickelson, who ranks 31st in the world, has cut twice – including at The Open – and his best final is a tie for 61st at the Travelers Championship. Mickelson returned in each Ryder Cup to his first in 1995, where he won 3-0. That’s 12 in a row, including a 0-2 record in 2018 during a U.S. loss in Paris. In the 12 Ryder Cups, the U.S. scored 3-9, with the only wins in 1999, 2008 and 2016. Mickelson is 18-22-7 overall.