U.S. Ryder Cup team bonds at Patriots' stadium


NORTON, Mass. – Let the team building begin.

The eight players who have already qualified for this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team gathered Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium in nearby Foxborough for dinner and a show.

Whether the team building will result in a victory at next month’s matches remains to be seen, but the U.S. squad did learn that Phil Mickelson is as good a player right handed as he is from the south side of the golf ball.

“Phil hit it to about 4 feet right handed on his second try,” said Jordan Spieth of a closest-to-the-pin contest from 78 yards. “Guys were hitting two or three balls, which made us all feel really bad because he sure let us know about it.”

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Spieth said hockey great Mike Eruzione also spoke to the team, and the world No. 3 revealed that “Miracle on Ice,” the movie based on the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is one of two movies that always make him cry.

The other movie? “Remember the Titans,” Spieth said.

Spieth said the group – which included captain Davis Love III and assistant captains Steve Stricker, Tom Lehman and Jim Furyk – didn’t spend a lot of time talking about who the four picks should be or potential pairings.

Instead, it was more of a chance for the team to spend some time together away from the golf course.

“It was more this is our crew, we're a team,” Spieth said. “At the end it was, guys, we want your help and input on what we're going to do going forward by the end of the BMW [Championship] on who gets those first three [picks].”