Phil Mickelson Now Holds Dubious Ryder Cup Record: Most Losses In U.S. History

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIOctober 2, 2010

NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 02:  Phil Mickelson of the USA hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the rescheduled Morning Fourball Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 2, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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With his 0-2 start in the 2010 Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson now holds a dubious U.S. Ryder Cup record. He now has the all-time most losses in the history of the American Ryder Cup team. He actually shares the honor with Ray Floyd. They both have lost 16 times in the competition. Mickelson could be the lone holder of this record before the weekend is over.

Phil's overall Ryder Cup record, including the 0-2 start in Wales, is now 10-16-6. The most alarming part of that career Ryder Cup record is what he has done in recent years. In his last 16 matches he is 2-11-3.

As bad as he's been in foursomes and four-balls, his singles record, where the Americans have tended to excel in recent Ryder Cups, is perhaps the most perplexing. His singles record is 3-4. Usually ranked in the top two or three in the world over the last few Ryder Cups, this means Mickelson is losing many of these matches to players ranked much lower than him in the world rankings.

Mickelson, teamed with Dustin Johnson for both the opening matches, lost the first match to Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, a strong duo for captain Colin Montgomerie's Euro team.

However, if you could cut Phil any slack for the difficulty of the first match, you can not for the second match. Mickelson and Johnson were strong favorites over the team of Paddy Harrington and Ross Fisher. Harrington has been nothing shy of awful in match play for several years now.

Harrington and Fisher went out and whipped the Americans three and two. It was Harrington's first win playing with a partner since 2004.

As many of the younger players have stepped up in Wales through the first half of the matches, Mickelson has not. If the Americans wish to retain the cup, they will need Mickelson to come through at some point this weekend.

Mickelson and Rickie Fowler will be teamed in the four-ball matches late Saturday, although most of this match will be played Sunday morning before the 12 singles matches.