Phil Mickelson has been a little rusty with his usually renowned short game in his first PGA Tour event in four months and he squandered the chance to shoot a low score at the Humana Challenge with some untidy play on Saturday.
Paul Azinger said he would consider a second spell as captain of the United States` Ryder Cup team after his leadership skills were praised by Phil Mickelson in a thinly-veiled attack on this year`s losing skipper Tom Watson.
American captain Tom Watson has rolled the dice for Friday`s opening salvos at the Ryder Cup by teaming rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed together and throwing Jimmy Walker into the fray for the morning fourballs.
A relaxed Phil Mickelson had his audience rolling in the aisles on Wednesday as he discussed a variety of Ryder Cup topics including an issue involving European team mates Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
Tiger Woods, his 39th birthday looming in December, laughed off 20-something Rory McIlroy`s recent estimation that the 14-time major winner and compatriot Phil Mickelson are in the back nine of their careers.
World number one Rory McIlroy is not convinced that the absence of former world number one Tiger Woods and American golf ace Phil Mickelson from the US PGA Tour Championship signals a changing of guard in golf, saying that they are just getting older.
Tournament wins on both sides of the Atlantic have made 2014 "a good year" for world number five Justin Rose, who says a slightly better showing in the majors would have transformed his campaign into a great one.