Phil Mickelson opens up on his poor performance at the Ryder Cup

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Phil Mickelson has finally spoken about his team's poor performance during last week's historic victory for team Europe in the Ryder Cup. 

Mickelson failed to register a single point for his team in the heavy 17.5 to 10.5 defeat to Thomas Bjorn's team, with the American clearly struggling with certain elements of the Parisian course. 

The course at Le Golf National featured plenty of narrow fairways which the 48-year-old struggled to master and as a result of his poor performance he has decided he will no longer play in tournaments featuring similar conditions.

"I'm 48, I'm not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore, it's a waste of my time," he said, per The Independent

"I'm going to play courses that are playable, and I can play aggressive, attacking make lots of birdies type of golf I like to play.

"The fairways were 14 to 16 yards wide. The fact is they had brutal rough, almost unplayable, and that's not the way I play. I just don't play like that"

After the manner of the disappointing defeat last week, the U.S team - and certain individuals within the team - had come under heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike.

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Amid this criticism, there were also reports that U.S duo Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka has clashed after the tournament, but Mickelson was quick to dismiss any notions of disharmony and conflict within the team. 

"We had one of the best weeks as far as teammates and working together," Lefty said, when pressed on the issue of a lack of camaraderie within the team. 

"I don't know what to say, I didn't see any of that stuff happen. I only saw one of the best weeks and team unity that we've had in a long time."

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Mickelson had been making his 12th Ryder Cup appearance in a career that has seen him win 43 events across the PGA tour. 

The American stalwart has also spent a combined total of over 700 weeks in the top-10 official World Golf Rankings, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.

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