Dustin Johnson

Phil Mickelson is the center of attention at the Ryder Cup

Phil Mickelson is the center of attention at the Ryder Cup

He’s one of 12, a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. In truth he’s one and only, a chance-taker, a champion, a right-hander who plays left-handed.

Phil Mickelson will take a swing at anything, literally with a club — it’s only 230 yards across the water — or figuratively with his suggestions.

The 41st Cup matches start Friday at Hazeltine National Golf Club on the rolling countryside 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Maybe the tournament will belong to Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose or Henrik Stenson.

So far, without a shot being hit except in practice, it has been the property of Mickelson.

He has explained...

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