Phil goes out with a bang in (likely) final team match


CHASKA, Minn. – If the 41st Ryder Cup is going to be Phil Mickelson’s final start in the biennial matches, he produced a fitting swan song on Saturday afternoon.

Paired with Matt Kuchar, Mickelson rolled in birdie putts at the 10th, 14th, 15th and 17th holes to beat Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1.

“I knew this was something we would have loved to have done for many years now, and now we get to do it in the greatest pressure situation,” Mickelson said. “He brings out the best in me by being so funny and lighthearted, telling stories, cracking jokes. It gets me in a good positive flow and it brought out the best golf.”

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Mickelson celebrated a lengthy birdie putt at the 10th hole with a curtsy, and he and Kuchar followed another birdie, by Kuchar, at the 13th hole with a shimmy.

“You can't orchestrate something like that. It kind of comes out,” Mickelson laughed. “You watch Steph Curry do it, I think we stepped it up another notch.”

Mickelson is playing his 11th Ryder Cup and remains competitive on the PGA Tour, with three runner-up finishes this season, but he would be 48 years old when the matches are played again in France.