Phil Mickelson says the recent Ryder Cup was a “waste of my time” after confirming he was unhappy with the course conditions.
Jim Furyk’s team were battered at the Le Golf National in Paris as Europe stormed to a 17.5-10.5 victory to claim their sixth consecutive home Ryder Cup win.
Mickelson, in particular, endured a miserable tournament as he and Bryson De Chambeau were beaten convincingly 5&4 by Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren in the foursomes on Friday, while he was left out entirely on the Saturday.
Then, on Sunday, Mickelson was paired with in-form Italian Francesco Molinari in the singles and his errant tee-shot on the par-three 16th that found the water was the decisive shot that sealed European victory.
Mickelson says the course conditions were not conducive to the way he wants to play golf, with the rough far too brutal.
“The Europeans did the opposite of what we do when we have the Ryder Cup here,” said the five-time major winner, who was one of Furyk’s four wildcard picks. “The fairways were 14 to 16 yards wide.
“Ben Hogan, who was the greatest ball striker of all time, had a five per cent margin of error. So, if you hit the ball 300 yards, we all hit it more than that, you need to have a 30-yard wide fairway to be able to hit them.
“The fact is, they had brutal rough – almost unplayable – and it’s not the way I play. I don’t play like that.
“I’m 48, I’m not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore. It’s a waste of my time.”