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Mickelson was an integral cog in the US team as they won the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

Phil Mickelson is very confident about his chances of appearing in the 2018 Ryder Cup

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Phil Mickelson has been a stalwart of the United States Ryder Cup team, having appeared in 11 consecutive events, and he seemed bullish about his chances of extending that run to 12 in Paris in 2018.

The five-time major winner was asked during an interview ahead of this week's Safeway Open if he had thought about being a captain or vice-captain in 2018, and responded in a hilariously, but cocky, manner. 

Mickelson said: "It's been 22 years since there have been 10 Americans that have been able to beat me so I don't know why it would stop now.

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"I plan on being on the team in France and absolutely one of my goals is to play in France because I’ve never been on a winning Ryder Cup team over in Europe.

"I want to go win a Ryder Cup over there and I want to be part of that as a player."

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Despite his outward arrogance, albeit in a humorous manner, the 46-year-old does have a point as he qualified easily for this year's event in third place in the US standings and his stellar display at Hazeltine shows his game isn't slowing down any time soon. 

Considering he poured in 10 birdies on the final day at Hazeltine to secure a huge half point against Sergio Garcia, it would seem a little strange to suggest he wouldn't qualify in 2018, or at least get one of the four captain's picks.

Mickelson's cheeky response was one of a storied veteran, and you likely wont hear any complaints or retorts from his fellow Americans on tour considering his stature in the game. 

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Phil certainly isn't one to shy away from controversial comments and he has gotten away with worse in the past, including a scathing attack on Tom Watson's captaincy after defeat in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. 

When you consider that the only players that out-qualified Mickelson this year were Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, it becomes all the more clear why he is so sure of his playing place in Paris. 

He will certainly be a Ryder Cup captain in the future, but for now seems solely focused on achieving yet more brilliance on the course.

Mickelson was scheduled to play alongside long-time rival Tiger Woods in the latter's comeback this week, but Woods has since withdrawn from the Safeway Open. 

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