Phil Mickelson: Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National was "unplayable"

Mickelson rips into Le Golf National, claiming "it's a waste of my time."

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Fri, 5 Oct 2018

Phil Mickelson has incredibly revealed that last week's Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National was "almost unplayable" and that he's "not going to waste his time playing tournaments with rough like that anymore."


Mickelson, who was making his 12th appearance at the Ryder Cup, endured a wretched week in Paris when losing both his two matches, having been dropped after partnering Bryson DeChambeau to a foursomes defeat on the opening day. 

It marked the first time Mickelson had failed to contribute at least half a point to the United States' cause as the visitors collapsed to a 17.5-10.5 defeat at the hands of the Europeans. 

While already admitting to not being in good form of late, Mickelson took dead aim at Le Golf National and its "brutal rough".

“I’m 48, I’m not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore - it’s a waste of my time,” Mickelson said at this week's Safeway Open, where he carded an opening 7-under 65 to move into early contention for the PGA Tour's opening event of the 2018/19 season.

"I’m going to play courses that are playable, and I can play aggressive, attacking, make lots of birdies type of golf I like to play.


"The fairways were 14 to 16 yards wide. The fact is they had brutal rough, almost unplayable and that’s not the way I play," he added. "I don’t play like that.”

Mickelson was also quizzed about a lack of togetherness in Jim Furyk's US team following Patrick Reed's strong criticism of both Furyk and Jordan Spieth, as well as the rumoured bust-up between Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka on Sunday evening. 

Even one anonymous US Ryder Cup player has since come out and ripped into Reed. 


Lefty was clearly oblivious to all of that. 

“We had one of the best weeks as far as team-mates and working together,” he said. “I don’t know what to say, I didn’t see any of that stuff happen – I only saw one of the best weeks and team unity that we’ve had in a long time.”