Colin Montgomerie Calls on Phil Mickelson to Stand Up to the Plate as Next U.S. Ryder Cup Captain

January 22, 2015
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Colin Montgomerie has a few ideas about Phil Mickelson’s future, specifically Mickelson’s role in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

In an interview with, Montgomerie, who captained the Euros to victory in Wales in 2010, said it was time for Mickelson to “stand up to the plate” and become the USA’s Ryder Cup captain.

Mickelson openly criticized Tom Watson’s leadership and captaincy — ultimately, the U.S. lost yet another cup to Europe — dragging them both into the center of heated public disagreements following the 2014 Ryder Cup.

“Phil Mickelson’s comments were heard and read around the world,” said Montgomerie, a former European team captain and record eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner. “A lot of people were thinking ‘stand up to the plate’. Okay, if you feel that strongly about the situation become captain yourself.

“The trouble there, of course, is Phil would have to win the Ryder Cup, having said what he said, so it does put pressure on the whole system.”

Montgomerie is considered to be one of the best Ryder Cup golfers of all time, with a record of 20-9-7. Mickelson is starting his 2015 season off at the Humana Challenge, Jan. 22-25.

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