Jersey City - The United States' 19-11 romp over the
International team in the 2017 Ryder Cup only whetted Phil Mickelson's appetite
for the 2018 Ryder Cup.
The 47-year-old American made his 100th match in team
competition for the United States a win on Sunday with a 2 & 1 victory over
Canadian Adam Hadwin.
Mickelson posted his 26th Presidents Cup match win -
extending his record after tying and then surpassing the 24-win mark of Tiger
Woods earlier in the week.
"This has been a fun, special week," Mickelson
said. "I've never been a part of a team all these years that's this
talented and gone out and lit the course up like this and had such a big lead
going into Sunday singles."
The United States, up by 11 points on Saturday night, needed
just one point from Sunday's singles to clinch the Cup.
"This was a stress-free day for us, and that's just
something we've never had," said Mickelson, the only man to play in all 12
Presidents Cups and now a veteran of 23 straight US match play teams including
Presidents and Ryder Cup appearances.
Mickelson would dearly love to make it 24 straight teams
when the United States take on Europe in the Ryder Cup in France next year.
"Next year going to Paris and being part of The Ryder
Cup Team - it's been 25 years since we won a Ryder Cup over there. That would
be a real big goal of mine," he said.
Mickelson hasn't won a tournament since his 2013 British
Open triumph at Muirfield and only made the Presidents Cup team as one of US
captain Steve Stricker's wildcard picks.
He's the same age as US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk, but
even on a team packed with 20-something talent - including British Open
champion Jordan Spieth, US Open Champion Brooks Koepka and PGA Champion Justin
Thomas - the player they playfully dubbed "Grandpa" showed just how
useful he can be.
Mickelson finished with three wins and one halved match for
the week, partnering with Presidents Cup newcomer Kevin Kisner to win one
foursomes and one fourball and halve one foursomes match before his singles win
"I've got a lot to work hard on, look forward to and a
lot of goals to achieve to make that team," Mickelson said of America's
date next year with Europe at Le Golf National. "But I think that would be
really a career moment for me if we could go over there and keep The Ryder