2021 has been an incredible bounceback year for golfing legend Phil Mickelson. After an eight-year drought in the majors, Mickelson won the 2021 PGA Championship – and he’s being rewarded with a special role in this year’s Ryder Cup.
On Wednesday, Mickelson announced that he has been named assistant captain for Team USA at the Ryder Cup. He offered thanks to USA captain Steve Stricker and offered to help however he can.
“I’m humbled and honored to be a part of this years Ryder Cup as an assistant captain. Thank you Captain Stricker for including me and I hope to help in any way possible. GoUSA,” Mickelson wrote.
The 2021 Ryder Cup is set to be held later this month. It will take place at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin from September 24 to 26. The full United States team has not yet been announced.
I’m humbled and honored to be a part of this years Ryder Cup as an assistant captain. Thank you Captain Stricker for including me and I hope to help in any way possible. GoUSA 🇺🇸
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) September 1, 2021
The past few years have been underwhelming for Phil Mickelson. Between 2017 and 2020 he did not have a single top 10 finish in the majors and won just two PGA Tour events.
His last major win prior to 2021 was the 2013 Open Championship, with several runner-up finishes in the three years following. That all changed at the 2021 PGA Championship. He held off and beat Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen to win by two strokes, becoming the oldest major winner in PGA history.
Mickelson struggled at the ensuing U.S. Open and Open Championship. But his stock is still the highest its been in years.
We all look forward to seeing Mickelson at the Ryder Cup later this month.
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