NBC analyst Johnny Miller believes Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were so formidable together they might have prevented the American Ryder Cup loss at Medinah in 2012 had they played a fourth session together instead of resting.
Speculation over pairings will escalate when the United States and Europe begin practicing next week at Gleneagles in Scotland. Miller will be stunned if Mickelson and Bradley aren’t teamed again.
“I just think that's a team that nobody on the European side necessarily wants to face,” Miller said. “I think they're just a perfect couple. It doesn't have anything to do with what they did this year. It really doesn't.”
Mickelson and Bradley teamed to go 3-0 at Medinah. They might have been paired for a fourth session before Sunday singles had Mickelson not persuaded captain Davis Love III that he and Bradley would be more formidable in singles if they rested that fourth session.
“I don't think there's even a prayer that that's going to be broken up until they lose,” Miller said. “They probably wouldn't even get broken up if they lost the first two team matches. But having gone 3-0, I believe that when Mickelson basically told himself and Keegan that they couldn't play that afternoon on Saturday, that that could have been the turning point in the Ryder Cup. I'm sure Phil wishes he had never said what he said.”