Session 4 Singles
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Team USA wins 4 & 2
Phil Mickelson, after enjoying some levity with the gallery, came out on a mission. The man who, on Sunday, set a U.S. record for the most match losses in Ryder Cup history, showed he was not going to add to the distinction by thrashing Sweden's Peter Hanson. Mickelson birdied two of the first three holes and never trailed the entire match -- helped by Hanson in large part, as the Swede carded two 7s on the front nine. Mickelson closed out Hanson easily on the 16th hole.
Mickelson's opening tee shot found a fairway bunker, and his approach came up on the very front edge of the green. Once Hanson, who found the green in two, missed his birdie putt, Mickelson drained his putt from nearly 40 feet.
Team USA Quote
"We are all proud to be a part of this team. We are all disappointed that we didn't come through. We wanted to win over here in Europe awfully bad, and we fought hard today. We put ourselves in a bit of a deficit we didn't see ourselves being in after the first two sessions. And we thought that we came out today and we all played with a lot of heart, and put forth a very strong effort."
Team Europe Quote
"You guys (the media) have helped me -- or helped Phil to know that he had the worst Ryder Cup record in history (laughter). So I knew he was going to come out trying really hard and I tried to be ready. He played really well and I didn't play my best. So it was a tough game. But I have to say, the experience has been unbelievable. The only thing I thought about when I was after I was 4 down after four holes, I could hear Monty say, "Come on, never give up. I was 5 down at Kiawah after nine holes and managed to get a draw, get a half point."
2010 Ryder Cup Player Records
Peter Hanson: 1-2-0
Phil Mickelson: 1-3-0
Career Ryder Cup Player Records
Peter Hanson: 1-2-0
Phil Mickelson: 11-17-6