Phil Mickelson mentioned he would not see himself turning into U.S. Ryder Cup captain in 2025 as a result of he is too divisive as a participant and chief promoter of Saudi-funded LIV Golf.
“I do not really feel I am the suitable man to be concerned with the group as a result of I am a really divisive character proper now, if you’ll, and I perceive that,” Mickelson mentioned throughout an look on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Present” on Wednesday.
“The gamers on the PGA Tour, there’s numerous hostilities in the direction of me, and I do not really feel I would be the most effective chief for them.”
Mickelson performed on each Ryder Cup group from 1995 via 2018, and he was a vice captain in 2021. He was briefly suspended by the PGA Tour for his function in selling LIV Golf after which joined the breakaway league in June 2022.
Twice a runner-up within the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, Mickelson was lengthy thought-about an apparent alternative when the matches go to Bethpage in 2025.
Mickelson mentioned a captain must be “any individual that you simply wish to comply with” and brings unity whereas having strong relationships with the gamers.
“I knew I used to be going to take some hits going ahead,” Mickelson mentioned. “I am OK with that. And as a divisive particular person. I do not suppose I am the most effective unifier going ahead for the Ryder Cup, and that is advantageous as a result of I’ve had so many nice recollections with it.”
The PGA of America has not introduced the following U.S. captain. Tiger Woods is taken into account among the many front-runners, although he has not indicated his curiosity for 2025.
The Related Press contributed to this report.