After winning for the first time since the 2013 Open, Phil Mickelson’s chances of making the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris took a massive boost via a jump to fourth in the points rankings.
The 47-year-old has played in every Ryder Cup since 1995, but is yet to taste glory on foreign soil - and it's not sitting well with him.
“I've made it known that one of my big goals is for me to be a part of a winning team in Europe. It hasn't happened in my career. It would mean a tremendous amount to me to have us succeed over on European soil,” he said.
After the loss in Scotland in 2014, Mickelson infamously criticised captain Tom Watson in the post-match press conference, suggesting a change of tac was needed in how the US approached the event.
A shift in approach from the Americans saw them win the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltin, stopping what would have been a record-breaking fourth defeat on the trot.
“If we were able to break through and win, I think it would be a real special moment of my career that I would cherish forever,” he said. “But we've got a lot of work to do to get there, and I've got a lot of work to do to get on the team but I have a little less now.”