Phil Mickelson complains about ‘unplayable’ Ryder Cup course: ‘I don’t play like that’

October 5, 2018 at 10:15 am by Terez in Phil Mickelson, Ryder Cup

Phil Mickelson went on a rant about the course conditions at Le Golf National, where he and the U.S. team were defeated. From Golf.com: “The Europeans did a great thing, they did the opposite of what we do when we have the Ryder Cup here,” Mickelson said. “The fairways were 14 to 16 yards wide. Ben Hogan, who is the greatest ball-striker of all time, had a five percent margin of error. So if you hit the ball 300 yards, which we all hit it more than that, you need to have a 30-yard wide fairway to be able to hit it. The fact is they had brutal rough, almost unplayable, and it’s not the way I play. I don’t play like that. And here I can miss the fairways, I can get shots out of the rough up on the green and it’s playable.” Mickelson added that he won’t play many events going forward with rough like the Ryder Cup. “And I’m 48. I’m not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore, it’s a waste of my time,” he said. “I’m going to play courses that are playable and that I can play aggressive, attacking, make a lot of birdies, style of golf I like to play.” – TO