Ryder Cup 2018: Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing 'not too likely'

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at the 2018 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Phil Mickelson said he and Tiger Woods would welcome the chance to be paired together here at the Ryder Cup, but United States captain Jim Furyk insists it is “probably not too likely”.

The high-profile duo famously struggled when they teamed up at the 2004 Ryder Cup, losing both matches they played together under captain Hal Sutton.

Asked if he was likely to follow Sutton’s lead at Le Golf National, Furyk replied: “I guess nothing’s out of the realm. They did play some golf [together Tuesday].

“I think they both mentioned it would be a lot better pairing than it was in the past.

“You know, I won’t ever say it wouldn’t happen, but it’s probably not too likely.”

A television report in the United Kingdom on Wednesday suggested that Woods, 42, looked a little stiff as he arrived for the U.S. team photo on a chilly morning.

Yet Furyk was quick to shoot down any notion that his biggest star is short of full fitness.

“I don’t think there were any issues. I was a little stiff on the way to the range too this morning. It was about 42 degrees,” the U.S. skipper said.

“I watched him play a few holes. He doesn’t look stiff at all. So I think it’s probably just some folks maybe guessing or, you know, he’s probably stretching. Probably trying to stay loose.

“There have been no issues reported out there or anything that I’m worried about. It’s actually news to me right there, to be honest with you.”