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Report: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson could join Ryder Cup task force

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Phil Mickelson, center, and his U.S. teammates react after losing the Ryder Cup against Europe for the eighth time in the last 10 years last month at Gleneagles, Scotland.
(Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)

The PGA of America has responded to yet another U.S. loss at the Ryder Cup by forming a task force to examine the process of selecting and captaining teams for the biennial competition.

PGA President Ted Bishop told GolfChannel.com that players, former captains and association officials will participate. The web site reported that unnamed sources tabbed Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as likely group members.

“Basically we are giving the task force a blank canvas on all things on the Ryder Cup to give the PGA some input,” Bishop was quoted as saying. “The PGA is willing to take a step back and listen to some people that are involved in the process.”

The Europeans have now won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups. At Gleneagles two weeks ago, there was obvious tension between the U.S. players and their captain, Tom Watson.

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Mickelson spoke out at a news conference, suggesting the Americans had strayed from a formula that helped them win the Cup in 2008.

Watson subsequently posted an open letter, stating: “The bottom line is this. I was their captain. In hindsight whatever mistakes that were made were mine.”


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