Phil: I plan on making 2018 Ryder Cup team

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NAPA, Calif. – The celebration has hardly settled down and Phil Mickelson has already turned his attention to the next Ryder Cup.

On Wednesday at the Safeway Open where Lefty is making his 2016-17 season debut, he was asked about the 2018 matches and whether he imagines heading to France as a player or captain/vice captain.

“It's been 22 years since there have been 10 Americans that have been able to beat me so I don't know why it would stop now,” said Mickelson, who has played on every Ryder Cup team since 1995 and has never needed to be a captain’s pick.

Mickelson will be 48 when the matches are played outside of Paris in 2018. Raymond Floyd is the oldest to play a Ryder Cup when he represented the U.S. team in 1993 at 51 years old.


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Lefty finished runner-up three times this season and said he’s focused on remaining competitive for the foreseeable future, but as a member of last year’s Ryder Cup task force he’s a lock to be a future captain and would likely want to serve as a vice captain first.

After being on the winning team for just the third time in his Ryder Cup career earlier this month at Hazeltine, Mickelson said he still has something to accomplish as a player in the biennial matches.

“I plan on being on the team in France and absolutely one of my goals is to play in France because I've never been on a winning Ryder Cup team over in Europe,” he said. “I want to go win a Ryder Cup over there and I want to be part of that as a player.”