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Sports Phil Mickelson, missing his first team competition since 1993, says he's 'excited' to watch the Presidents Cup

11:50  02 december  2019
11:50  02 december  2019 Source:   golfdigest.com

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For the first time since 1993 , he is not playing in the Presidents Cup or the Ryder Cup , a streak almost as impressive as his run of 1 ,353 weeks ranked in the top 50 in the world that ended “ I ’ve always thought this would be one of the most exciting events to watch ,” he said . “No, I ’m excited .

He played great. Obviously his positive attitude, he brings that to every team he plays on. Guys rally behind him . We're extremely excited to have Phil and Mickelson , who has 23-16-12 record at the Presidents Cup and has won more points than any other player, finished 15th in the final points

a man holding a racket: Phil Mickelson walks down the seventh hole during the first round of the 2019 WGC HSBC Champions.© Andrew Redington/Getty Images Phil Mickelson walks down the seventh hole during the first round of the 2019 WGC HSBC Champions. Phil Mickelson being Phil Mickelson—an inveterate and incorrigible mischief maker—he wasn’t about to forego a chance to own his longtime rival Tiger Woods and singer Jake Owen with a single post on Twitter, which he did last week. Nov. 23 to be specific, the first anniversary of Mickelson earning $9 million, the most lucrative Black Friday payday in golf history.

“It’s been exactly one year today since I won 90,000 $100 bills. I still have 89,999. Jake Owen has the other one,” Mickelson tweeted along with a photo of the cash, ostentatiously stacked in front of the two competitors that chilly night in Las Vegas after Mickelson defeated Woods in the much-ballyhooed pay-per-view showdown, “The Match.” The photo shows a smiling Mickelson displaying his signature thumbs-up gesture, while Woods forces a tight grin but looks clearly annoyed.

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Woods had nine million reasons to be miffed. Mickelson had nine million and one reasons to be elated after beating his nemesis in extra holes at Shadow Creek. He had the cash and some bragging rights.

“Winning was a lot more meaningful to me than it would have been to Tiger,” Mickelson said by phone from California this past weekend. “He’s gotten the better of me in so many areas, and his records set him apart. But just to get one up on him, as small as that might’ve been, was something. And I know it bothered him to have me essentially take $9 million from him, from him or because of him. And, so, I know that got to him a little bit, and, yeah, that felt really good to finally get just a little bit back for the majors and so forth that he has up on me.”

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Phil Mickelson will no doubt one day oversee team picks for the Presidents Cup as a future Mickelson has played on every Presidents Cup team since the tournaments inception in 1994 but We're excited to get out there. I know Berger is just so pumped up to go and play in a Presidents

Phil Mickelson has played in all 11 Presidents Cups but his spot on the 2017 squad is in Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker prepare to putt during a practice Further, the five-time major champion hasn’t missed a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup competition since 1993 .

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Owen inserted himself into the narrative by confronting Mickelson at Jordan Spieth’s wedding in Texas the day after The Match and offering a personal critique. Owen shared the story with Barstool Sports in April, admitting that, bolstered by alcohol, he walked up to the left-hander and demanded a refund of his $29.99 pay-per-view fee for “wasting four hours of my life with some of the sh---est golf I’ve ever seen.”

As Owen tells it, Mickelson peeled off a C-note, gave it to Owen, and told him to “go f--- himself.” Upon further review, Mickelson remains proud of that story. His response to Owen was tongue-in-cheek, he said, but he obviously enjoys having the last word, which he reiterated in that latest barb on Twitter.

As for the sequel to The Match, it didn’t happen this year for a variety of reasons, mostly scheduling, and in deference to Woods, whose Hero World Challenge is this week followed immediately by the Presidents Cup in Australia, at which he is serving as both captain and competitor for the U.S. team. It all would have been a bit much in a compacted time frame, Mickelson said.

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Jim Mackay said he never considered trying to find another bag after Mickelson chose to attend his Mickelson , who said almost two weeks ago that he planned to forgo playing at Erin Hills in favor of the This United States Open is the first that Mackay has missed since he began caddying in 1990.

But Mickelson played his Presidents Cup foursomes match, a record breaker Mickelson didn’t dwell on the record, because he doesn’t consider this weekend his final chance to That was a thrill, he said , but he left the distinct impression that he would treasure the photographs with his family more.

a crowd of people at a park: Mickelson tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in October.© Ben Jared Mickelson tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in October.

Mickelson, of course, doesn’t have such scheduling issues or travel challenges right now. For the first time since 1993, he is not playing in the Presidents Cup or the Ryder Cup, a streak almost as impressive as his run of 1,353 weeks ranked in the top 50 in the world that ended Nov. 3. Until this year, he had played in every Presidents Cup.

While disappointed to be omitted from this year’s team—and he candidly admitted that he didn’t deserve a captain’s pick from Woods after failing to make the team on points—he assessed his coming weekend at home in typical Mickelson fashion.

“I’ve always thought this would be one of the most exciting events to watch,” he said. “No, I’m excited. I’m pulling for the guys. I want to see us get another win.”

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Truth be told, it’s a blessing in disguise to be homebound, according to Mickelson. His wife, Amy, has battled a series of health challenges this year (non-life-threatening and not related to her treatment for breast cancer a decade ago) that have weighed heavily on Phil, though she is better now. He wouldn’t deny that his wife’s health was paramount in his thoughts throughout a season in which he captured his 44th PGA Tour title in February at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am but then struggled thereafter. Other than a T-18 finish at the Masters, he wasn’t competitive, and he admitted he was having trouble focusing on the course.

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Phil Mickelson said on Saturday that he would withdraw from the United States Open, the only major championship he has not won, to attend what he considers a more important event — his daughter Amanda’ s high school graduation.

Unfortunately for Mickelson , he showed nothing this week in his brief stay at the PGA Championship. At that time, Mickelson was 30th in Presidents Cup points and had not been particularly impressive in those first two FedExCup events.

But he declined to make excuses. “I can do better, and I’m really working on a lot of things to be ready to play a full schedule,” he said.

Failing to qualify for the U.S. Presidents Cup team, he said, “is a good motivator for me to get back to playing the way I did early this year and sustain it and make [the 2020] Ryder Cup team. I don't want last year’s Ryder Cup [a loss in France] to be my last team event.

“I'm very optimistic to have a great next couple of years,” Mickelson said. “I've had some really good things happen. As far as physically, I'm in the best shape of my life, and also my game feels a lot better. I've also been doing a few things to kind of help my focus and my mental sharpness and acuity. And if I can do that, I know I can play some really good golf again.”

Question him if you like and doubt him if you must. Just don’t be surprised if he replies with a very sharp comeback like the one he uttered to Owen. He still has $89,999, hundred-dollar bills with which to talk smack.

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Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas defeated Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann by a score of 4 and 3 to earn the United States its first point of the Presidents Cup. Woods put himself and Thomas in the first match and quickly set the tone. Tiger cozied a chip next to the cup on the first hole to take the lead and the American duo never looked back. Captain Woods added five more birdies to his pairing's scorecard to make quick work of the International competition.Afterward, Thomas was asked what worked well between the two. "Tiger was," he said.

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