Why isn't Phil Mickelson playing for USA at the Ryder Cup?

TEAM USA are looking to reclaim the Ryder Cup this weekend at Whistling Straits.

After defeat in 2018, the Americans will be hoping they have more success back on home turf in golf's greatest team competition.



But one player who won't be appearing for USA is six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson.

Why isn't Phil Mickelson playing for USA at the Ryder Cup?

One of golf's most decorated players, Phil Mickelson's victory at the PGA Championship made him the oldest ever Major winner.

He's appeared in twelve Ryder Cup's over the years, competing in a total of 47 matches.

In fact, he's been a mainstay of every since tournament since making his debut 1995.

But this time at Whistling Straits, Mickelson will not be appearing for Team USA.

Phil is instead moving away from the course this time around after being appointed vice-captain by Steve Stricker.

As such, you'll still see the 51-year-old around plenty this week as he and Stricker try and mastermind a first USA win since 2016.

Mickelson revealed after he was appointed vice-captain: "I’m humbled and honored to be a part of this year’s Ryder Cup as an assistant captain.

"Thank you Captain Steve Stricker for including me and I hope to help in any way possible.

"You just always want the guys to play their best golf.

"If they play their best golf, the US team is really strong with a lot of great young players, a lot of young talent.

"But you’ve got to get the best golf out of them.”

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How can I watch the Ryder Cup?

You can catch all of the Ryder Cup on Sky Sports' dedicated channel this weekend.

Coverage each day will begin at 12.30pm.

If you want to stream, grab a NOW TV pass to watch on your mobile, tablet, PC or games console.

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