Mickelson gracious in defeat

World No.2 Phil Mickelson offered
to take the blame for America’s nail-biting defeat against Europe in the Ryder
Cup after claiming the unwanted record of the most matches lost by a US player.

The 40-year-old left-hander
rediscovered his touch to beat Peter Hanson 4&2 in Monday’s singles but by
then had already suffered his 17th defeat in the competition.

And he admitted: “When I didn’t win
any of my first three points I felt more disappointment than I have ever felt.
The face we came so close, and I let some of these opportunities slide, it does
hurt more than some of our past losses.”

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