Norton - Phil Mickelson believes this month's Ryder Cup
could be the most special of his career if he is handed a 12th cap by USA
captain Jim Furyk on Tuesday.
Mickelson boosted his goal of competing in France later this
month after posting closing rounds of 67 and 63 for an eventual 10-under-par
total at the PGA Dell Technologies Championship on Monday.
The 48-year-old's closing 63 could not have come at a better
time for Mickelson, with Furyk set to announce three of his four captain's
picks on Tuesday.
Mickelson is widely expected to earn one of the available
slots and is eager for the chance of ending the USA's 25-year wait to claim a
Ryder Cup on European soil.
"This one has an opportunity to be my favourite and
most special," Mickelson said on Tuesday.
"We've never won over there. I feel like we have the
team. I feel like we have the leadership and we have the direction. We have the
game plan that will allow us to play our best.
"If I'd be lucky enough to get on the team and go over
there and be part of a winning team it would probably be my most memorable
Mickelson made his Ryder Cup debut in 1995 and has competed
in the event ever since, teeing-up in 45 matches.
He enjoys a record of 18 wins, 20 losses and seven
In contrast, it is Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello who faces an
anxious few days before knowing if he will earn a second straight European Team
Cabrera-Bello had thought of travelling to Denmark last week
to boost his chances of qualifying via the final selection event on the
European Tour but instead remained in the States to compete in Boston.
The Dubai-based Spaniard went close to a first PGA Tour
victory when he moved into a share of the lead with a fourth birdie in
succession at the 11th hole to be six-under for his last round.
However, Cabrera-Bello dropped three shots over his closing
six holes in a round of 68 to eventually share seventh place at 11-under par.
"I've done everything I can," he said. "I
love Ryder Cup. It would be a huge honour to represent my continent again. And
I would be 100 percent availability if he needs me. I do understand it's a
difficult pick because there are lots of good players outside.
"But I feel like even in my best chance, if he was
trying to see if I was in form or not, I think this week proves that I
Europea Team captain, Thomas Bjorn will announce all four
captain's picks on Wednesday.