Days after his much-debated addition to the U.S. Presidents Cup team, Phil Mickelson expressed optimism about both his game and next month's matches.
Mickelson was selected by U.S. captain Jay Haas despite finishing 30th in the two-year qualification race. This was the first time Mickelson has failed to automatically qualify for a team event since 1994, but the pick extends his streak of playing in every Presidents Cup since the event's inception 21 years ago.
"I've come to realize over the course of my career how much I love and appreciate the team events that we have," Mickelson said Friday on "Morning Drive." "They're the most special weeks of the year. Getting to spend time with the guys, formulating friendships that have lasted a lifetime, make these weeks so enjoyable and so much fun to be a part of it. I can't wait to go to Korea."
This season has been a struggle for MIckelson, who hasn't won since the 2013 Open Championship. While he was a runner-up at the Masters, that is one of only three top-10 finishes Lefty has compiled this season.
"Over the last few years, I haven't played my best. I've had a technical issue, my swing plane has been way too steep," he said. "The last couple of months, I've worked really hard on getting my swing plane back on plane, and I'm starting to hit golf shots that I haven't hit in a couple of years."
Mickelson heads into next week's BMW Championship at No. 61 in the FedEx Cup standings, likely needing at least a top-10 finish in the 70-man event to have a chance to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. Despite the uphill battle that awaits, the 45-year-old sees positive signs heading into a make-or-break event.
"I would expect that next week is going to be a special week. I think that my golf game has come around a lot in the last few months," Mickelson said. "This is actually going to be a good thing in the team event in the sense that if I play best ball, fourball, I'll still be making a lot of birdies and I'll have a partner there to cover me on my mistakes when I do make them."