Published: Wed, June 22, 2016
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

Mickelson closes in on 11th straight Ryder Cup appearance

Mickelson closes in on 11th straight Ryder Cup appearance

Veteran golfer Phil Mickelson is closing in on his 11th straight Ryder Cup appearance having jumped from 6th to 3rd in the US standings for places thanks to recent performances, in particular at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mickelson will be among a whole group of players looking to help Captain Davis Love III in reclaiming the Ryder Cup, having seen the European team claim victory on the last three occasions. With the US Open, Open Championships and Olympic Games still to come in the build up to the competition, there are likely to be changes in the standings for both teams, with just twelve men being able to be selected for the final squad.

The upcoming US Open provides players with the perfect opportunity to stake their claim for participation, with double points on offer at the Oakmond Country Club. Jordan Spieth is currently the US player offered the shortest odds by bookmakers Betway at 9/1, with compatriots Rickie Fowler and Mickelson himself both given 25/1 odds for the tournament later this week. Love III will be joined by Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods as his team look to come out on top on home soil.

 As for the European team, the announcement of Ian Poulter as a vice-captain to Darren Clarke will no doubt have increased the excitement amongst the players. Poulter, who holds an incredible Ryder Cup record with 14 points from 18 matches, joins Thomas Bjorn, Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington as fellow vice-captains for the competition at the start of October. Despite going into the competition having been victorious on the last three occasions, USA are the favourites to win this time around, with Betway offering them odds of 8/11 to lift the trophy in Minnesota.

As the Hazeltine National Golf Club prepares for hundreds of thousands of spectators to arrive at the end of September, the US Open, Open Championships and Olympic Games certainly provide a hectic schedule for players over the summer months. With golf being added to the Olympics for the first time in Rio, players will certainly be going all out to write themselves into the record books, despite some high profile withdrawals.


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