Will Phil Mickelson be the U.S. team’s Ryder Cup captain at Bethpage Black in 2024?
Ted Bishop seems to think so.
In a story that appeared in this week’s SI Golf+ Digital, the former PGA of America president said he believes Mickelson will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2024 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. Bishop also predicted who will captain the Ryder Cup before then. Davis Love was named 2016 Ryder Cup captain in February.
“I could see [Fred[ Couples assisting Love at [2016 Ryder Cup venue] Hazeltine and then leading the charge in Paris in ’18 with Steve Stricker among his assistants,” Bishop said. “I’m confident Stricker will be the captain in ’20 at Whistling Straits in his native Wisconsin. Jim Furyk should be the choice for ’22, and Mickelson will get the nod in ’24 at Bethpage Black.”
Mickelson, 44, has never captained a Ryder Cup team, but he’s been a staple of the U.S. squad for years. He’s played on 10 teams and holds a 16-19-6 all-time record.
Bishop, who was fired as president of the PGA of America in October after he found himself in hot water with social media, referred to a time he walked with Mickelson and Rickie Fowler during a 2010 Ryder Cup practice round. That’s when he said he knew Mickelson wanted to lead the U.S. team some day.
“On the 18th fairway, totally out of the blue, Phil says, ‘I’ll tell you what would be a great Ryder Cup venue: Bethpage Black. And I want to be the captain there.’ In conversations I’ve had with Phil since then, he has repeated as much,” Bishop said. “He has been lobbying behind the scenes for the job ever since, and I have no reason to believe that he won’t get it.”