Ryder Cup 2018: Phil Mickelson says course was unplayable and a 'waste of my time'

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Phil Mickelson was less than happy with the conditions at Le Golf National course, the home of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

He criticized the layout of the par-72 7,331-yard course in a recent interview and wasn’t of fan of the style of play it called for. 

“The fact is, they had brutal rough -— almost unplayable — and it’s not the way I play,” Mickelson said Thursday, via ESPN. “I don’t play like that. And here (at Silverado Country Club), 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.”

The 43-time PGA Tour winner and 10-time European Tour winner was a captain’s pick for this year’s cup. He gave credit to the European team, who won 17 1/2 to 10 1/2, for utilizing a course catered to the home team. 

“The Europeans did a great thing: They did the opposite of what we do when we have the Ryder Cup here,” Mickelson added. “The fairways were 14 to 16 yards wide. Ben Hogan, who is the greatest ball-striker of all time, had a five-percent margin of error. So, if you hit the ball 300 yards, which we all hit it more than that, you need to have a 30-yard wide fairway to be able to hit it.”

Mickelson went 0-2 for the United States in its loss to Europe.

He is now playing in the Safeway Classic in Napa, California, where he was tied for the lead early Friday but fell into a tie for second place after finishing his round.