Phil Mickelson had another good Sunday in the British Open, this time a 68 that at least ended on a positive note and allowed him to pick up some Ryder Cup points. Mickelson was more concerned with his play than the points.
''I don't want to look at it and think about it too much,'' Mickelson said. ''If I play like I did this week at Akron and the PGA, I'll be fine. I'll be on it. But it would be beneficial for both me and Tom [Watson] if I can do it on my own.''
Mickelson has two events left — Firestone and the PGA Championship, worth double points as a major. The only three Americans in the top 10 at Royal Liverpool already were among the top nine in the Ryder Cup standings.
He has qualified for every U.S. team since 1995 at Oak Hill, where he went 3-0 as a rookie.
''It's been 19 years now that I've made it on my own, and I think it's a record of consistency to play that well to make the team on your own without being a pick for almost two decades,'' he said. ''And I'd like to keep that streak going.''
Mickelson won't count on being a pick. He's never had to worry about that.
''I don't know if I played well enough this year to deserve a spot,'' he said. ''You want players that are hot, that are playing well. And I need to step and start doing that.''
In the July issue of Golf Magazine, Watson said that he'd give special consideration Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for his three captain's picks if they don't qualify for the 2014 Ryder Cup team.
"You'd have to think about Phil, with his worth to the teams and the inspiration he's been to our players," Watson said.