American Phil Mickelson has slammed the setup of Le Golf National for the 2018 Ryder Cup, describing the course as ‘almost unplayable’, Golf Digest report.
The 48-year-old, who was selected as one of four captain’s picks by captain Jim Furyk, lost both matches he played in last weekend.
The veteran and his partner Bryson DeChambeau lost to Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren in the foursomes 5-and-4, with Mickelson then losing to Italian Francesco Molinari in Sunday’s singles match.
It was in fact Mickelson’s tee shot against Molinari that ended up in the water which confirmed Europe’s win over the USA, with the score eventually ending 17½–10½ in favour of Thomas Bjorn’s side.
Following the disappointment in Paris, Mickelson has remained quiet, however, after beginning the Safeway Classic in Napa earlier this week, the five-time major winner had some strong words to say about how the course was set up in France.
Shortly after completing his first-round, Mickelson was asked about the condition of the rough last weekend.
The fact is they had brutal rough, almost unplayable, and it’s not the way I play.
I don’t play like that. And here I can miss the fairways, I can get shots out of the rough up on the green and it’s playable.
And I’m 48. I’m not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore, it’s a waste of my time. I’m going to play courses that are playable and that I can play aggressive, attacking, make a lot of birdies, style of golf I like to play.