A few weeks ago U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Steve Stricker said he needed to see something from Phil Mickelson before using a Captain’s pick to place him on the 2017 team.
“I know how important he is on the team. How good he is with the young guys and in the locker room and that kind of stuff, said Stricker.
Monday in the Dell Technologies Championship, Mickelson finished T-6th and was impressive with his play all week. That was enough to convince Stricker he should once again be on the U.S. team.
Mickelson was a Captain’s pick in 2015, going 3-0-1, helping the U.S. win 15.5 to 14.5.
Charlie Hoffman finished No. 11 in the standings, and he actually held the No. 10 spot until the very end of the Dell Technologies Championship last week. Chappell went to the airport thinking he hadn’t made it, but because of how a variety of players finished at the end of the tournament, Chappell jumped ahead of Hoffman. It would of been a no brainer to pick Hoffman even though he dropped to 11th.
Though Hoffman doesn’t have a win this season, he does have a half-dozen top-10s and has been in contention a number of times. He didn’t close out any of those opportunities, but at No. 11 on the points list, No. 22 in the World Rankings and a birdie machine who is also in the top 25 in total strokes gained, there was no way Stricker was passing on him.
Mickelson finished No. 15 on the U.S. points list, but he’s been a part of every team event on the U.S. side since the 1994 Presidents Cup, which was also the first time this tournament was played. He was the soul of the team that won in South Korea two years ago, and his T6 finish at TPC Boston last week was more than enough to get him in after Stricker asked to see something coming home.
Here is your United States 2017 Presidents Cup Team.
Charlie Hoffman and Phil Mickelson are Captain’s picks.
Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, will host the 12th playing of the Presidents Cup, September 26 – October 1, 2017.