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Mickelson ties U.S. Ryder Cup loss record



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NEWPORT, Wales – Phil Mickelson tied a dubious honor when the duo of Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher beat him and Dustin Johnson in foursomes on Saturday afternoon.

The honor was tying Raymond Floyd for the most losses in the Ryder Cup by an American.

With an 0-2-0 start, Mickelson moved to 10-16-6 in 32 matches, tying Floyd, who was 12-16-3 in 31 matches in a career that spanned eight Ryder Cups.

Mickelson is playing in his eighth Ryder Cup and has had little success playing with Johnson.

Going out in the first match on Friday, Mickelson was to be the trendsetter, but instead they lost Nos. 2, 4 and 6 to quickly go 3 down. While the left-hander had a good stretch from holes 9-11, making three consecutive birdies, the team won just one of the three and lost, 3 and 2, to Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

The Englishman and the German have perhaps played the best of the Europeans in the first two days, so many may have given Mickelson and Johnson the benefit of the doubt in Session 1, expecting them to pick it up in foursomes on Saturday afternoon.

But again the Americans were 3 down after No. 10 and they never won a hole after a birdie on the par-3 7th to again lose, 3 and 2, this time to Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher.

Fisher had lost his Friday four-ball match with Ian Poulter, and Harrington and Luke Donald lost their four-ball match to Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton, 3 and 2.

For Harrington, the point he gained defeating Johnson and Mickelson was only his first win in a four-ball or foursomes match since the afternoon foursomes at Oakland Hills in 2004.

Since U.S. Captain Corey Pavin has to play everyone with the format changed, he can’t hide anyone playing poorly, so Mickelson will go again, this time with Rickie Fowler in the final match of Saturday afternoon four-balls. Johnson will be paired with Jim Furyk.

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