He was the guy who gave that unfortunate thumbs-up to Justin Rose at Medinah, who blamed Watson for everything but the breakfast options in Scotland, and who figured Sutton's long-forgotten choice to team him with Woods was a subject worth revisiting.
"I felt it last night," Mickelson said Friday as he stood near Hazeltine's 18th green, right after Lefty and Rickie Fowler finished off Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan in a morning sweep of the Europeans in the 41st Ryder Cup.
He knows what to say and when to say it." Fowler did his talking with his clubs at No.
When it was over, Mickelson sank into a long hug with Fowler, and then a longer one with his wife, Amy, who confirmed her husband had been too nervous this week to sleep.
I'm proud of the role he has in the room." On the other side of this successful partnership, Fowler had exorcised some demons of his own.