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Phil Mickelson paired with Keegan Bradley

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Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley have been paired together ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup on Friday.

The American duo were also paired with each other two years ago at Medinah and won all three of their matches. However, they didn't play during Saturday's afternoon session which saw the beginning of Europe's miraculous comeback.

Bradley bagged his place by being named as one of three captain picks for Tom Watson's team and Mickelson confirmed he will line-up alongside him on Friday morning.

No secrets

Mickelson said: “I've got a good partner that obviously I'm going to play again with in Keegan. I don't think I'm letting go of any secrets here."

Mickelson and Bradley practiced alongside one another over the past couple of days as they look to rekindle their effective partnership that they hold.

He added: “If you've noticed, we've played together these first few rounds and we seem to have a good partnership, and he brings out some of my best golf and I'm very optimistic that I can improve on my record."

However, the 44-year-old knows that he and Bradley must be at the top of their game if they are to beat Europe at Gleneagles.

“But we are taking on a very strong team on their home soil. It's going to be a challenge.” 

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Memories

By competing in this year's event, Mickelson will become the first American to play in 10 Ryder Cups.

When looking back on his career, Mickelson admits that memories of the Ryder Cup stick out and is excited to play in Scotland for his tenth appearance.

"This has been an exciting event for me over the years. As I look back on my career it’s the Ryder Cups and the team events that I have been on, and that I have made, that really provide the great memories, the great experiences and the accomplishments that I like to reflect on.

"To be on this team is a great honour and privilege and I am excited to play here in Scotland where we have been treated so wonderfully. The people here are so nice."

Team spirit

The five-time major winner believes that, although they're considered underdogs to Europe, the U.S side's team spirit could be the deciding factor.

He added: "We really have a great group of guys. We have a lot of fun together. We really have had some fun these first few days together.

"I think we have some really high-quality players. Now, obviously the European side does too, and I know they are favoured and I know what great players they are, but we are having a lot of fun together.

"And hopefully that will bring out our best golf. I don't know if it will, but either way we're having a great time."

Mickelson also decided to stir the situation surrounding European team-mates Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. McIlroy is involved in an ongoing lawsuit against his former management company, the same team that look after McDowell.

Mind games

The duo have played together as a pairing regularly but there is talk of a slight disagreement between them and Mickelson played some mind games by comparing the spirit in the U.S camp compared to Europe's.

"Not only are we able to play together, (we) also don't litigate against each other, and that's a real plus, I feel, heading into this week."

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