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Phil Mickelson and Team USA look to retain the Ryder Cup this week in France

Two years after a thrilling title at Hazeltine, Phil Mickelson and Team USA head to France this week looking to make it back-to-back victories over Team Europe in the 42nd Ryder Cup.

Mickelson enters the week as arguably the most decorated American ever to compete in the Ryder Cup. The five-time major champion will be making a record twelfth appearance in the competition, most of any player in Ryder Cup history. Lefty also holds the American records for matches played (45), four ball matches (18), four ball matches won (8), and ranks third in most points won (21.5), with the opportunity to take over the top spot this week.

“My excitement to compete in the Ryder Cup is at an all-time high, because I know how meaningful these events are to be as I look back on my career,” Mickelson said. “I am excited about our team this year and excited to be a part of this team. We have some incredible players, great leadership and a special opportunity to do something that we haven’t done in a long time.”

The Americans enter this week’s competition with one of the strongest rosters in recent memory. While they may be favored on paper, the Americans have not won a Ryder Cup in Europe since 1993, and Mickelson knows they’re got a tough task ahead of them.

“This is going to be a great challenge because we know how strong the European side is and know how well they play at home,” Mickelson said. “This is most likely my last chance to go over to Europe and to be a part of a winning U.S. team in Europe. We haven’t done it in 25 years, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to do something I haven’t done in my career and would very much like to.”

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