Mickelson gets wildcard pick for 2017 Presidents Cup

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Phil Mickelson's streak dating to 1994 will remain intact after Steve Stricker on Wednesday picked him to be a member of the Presidents Cup team that will take on an worldwide squad later this month.

Hoffman will be making his first appearance in a team event. Stricker had said he wanted the five-time major champion to show him something, and the 47-year-old Mickelson delivered at the TPC Boston with all four rounds in the 60s to tie for sixth.

"My excitement to be on this team is as great as it's been for any team I've been on", he said.

Mickelson, who has played on every Presidents Cup team since 1994, used last week's Dell Technologies Championship in Boston to argue his case when he posted four sub-70 rounds to finish six shots back of victor Justin Thomas. His overall record is 23-16-12, and one more victory would allow Mickelson to tie Tiger Woods for most in the Presidents Cup.

"He struggled a little bit at the end of the year bit he showed his desire and effort to make the team and he had a great showing in the Dell Technologies Championship".

Anirban Lahiri of India was picked to play for the global team second time, and it might be just as meaningful.

The matches start September 28 at Liberty National in New Jersey, where Mickelson has a corporate membership.




"Personally, I can say he means a lot, " said Stricker, who has played on several Cup teams with Mickelson.

"I've had my eye on the 11th spot as it came down to a tight race between two very talented players".

Price, who was the losing worldwide captain in both 2013 and 2015, went with Grillo, who moved into the 11th position on Sunday, and Lahiri, who was 16th in the standings but got the spot because of his familiarity with the PGA Tour.

Lahiri also competed in the last Presidents Cup, a narrow 15 ½ to 14 ½ US victory.

Plus, Mickelson's biggest support comes from the NY area, and he's a favorite in the team room.

Mickelson and Hoffman join the 10 automatic qualifiers: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and Chappell.

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