Since switching to the Saudi-backed LIV circuit, Phil Mickelson has distanced himself from the idea of leading the US team in the Ryder Cup in 2025, claiming that players on the PGA Tour are too hostile toward him.
After the US Ryder Cup team suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Europe’s team last year, captain Zach Johnson faced harsh criticism. Before the 2025 Ryder Cup, which will be held at Farmingdale, New York’s Bethpage Black, changes are anticipated.
The 53-year-old Mickelson, a six-time major winner, participated in every US Ryder Cup squad from 1995 to 2018 and was named vice-captain in 2021 but did not play in 2023.
Despite his familiarity with the course—he placed second there twice at the US Open—he stated last week on the Pat McAfee Show that he did not think he was the “right guy” to lead the team.
Luke Donald, the 2023 captain, has already joined Team Europe for their 2025 campaign. Since Bernard Gallacher captained Europe three times in 1991, 1993, and 1995, the Englishman is the first to do so.