Mickelson falls short of singular-sensation status

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the sixth tee during the Day 1 four-ball matches.

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Phil Mickelson’s 19th international team event ended the way he wanted, with the Americans in the win column, though it concluded with his irrelevant loss in singles to Angel Cabrera. The left-hander is now 6-10-3 in singles play – 2-5-3 in the Presidents Cup, 4-5-0 in the Ryder Cup.

It’s the second time he has played Cabrera, against whom he’s 0-1-1. He’s also played Retief Goosen twice in the Presidents Cup (1-1) and Justin Rose twice in the Ryder Cup (0-2).

In all, Mickelson has played 16 different opponents in these singles matches, players representing 11 different countries – Argentina, England, Australia, Sweden, Fiji, Spain, Wales, Canada, Paraguay, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

Though he’s lost each of his last three singles matches (Cabrera, Rose last year, Adam Scott Down Under in 2011), it’s not his roughest stretch. That came from 2000-06, when he went 0-2-1 in the Presidents Cup and 0-3 in the Ryder Cup.

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