This season’s Ryder Cup finale can very well be between Phil Mickelson and Rory Mcllroy, the odds being in Mickelson’s favor.
Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson shared the penultimate position at the Valhalla and have come out as absolute favorites for the season. Phil Mickelson, all of 44 years in age has made the past year seem meaningful by securing a place in the team United States. He is a player who has already made 10 Ryder Cup appearances and stands a good chance of captaining Team U.S. soon. The other players in the team consider him a mentor and elder brother and are very likely to take cues from him.
With the two big names missing from competition, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, Mickelson is very likely the favorite for the American side of the fans. While Johnson has an anti-Mickelson persona regarded his absence from golf to deal with issues back home, Woods absence is on account of his ongoing issues with his lower back. Woods was also absent in 2008 at Valhalla owing to knee injury. His absence will give Mickelson free ground to earn him the king – of – the – hill honor.
The Louisville air was muggy when the Americans were either competing to earn places for the automatic qualifications or were playing to impress Captain Watson. “The Ryder cup is a platform for players to re-invent themselves and being a lovable team mate doesn’t matter. Reed and Mickelson will manage, I know,” Watson was heard saying.
There are a total of nine players who have managed to secure their places in the Ryder Cup battle from the U.S. side and the final line-up is pretty intense – Watson, Fowler, Mickelson, Furyk, Walker, Kuchar, Johnson, Reed and Spieth. There are three more spots for the captain to choose as wild entries; who will they be?