Do not pair me with Mickelson at Ryder Cup, pleads Johnson

Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:02pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson says he does not want to partner United States team mate Phil Mickelson at next week's Ryder Cup in Minnesota.

Throwing diplomacy out of the window, the long-hitting Johnson on Wednesday made clear his thoughts regarding Mickelson, who is a five-times major champion.

"I think I can partner pretty well with pretty much anyone, except for Phil," world number two Johnson told reporters on the eve of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

"Me and Phil don't partner well together," added Johnson, in what amounted to a public plea to U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.

U.S. Open champion Johnson made it clear he has no personal issue with Mickelson, with whom he regularly plays practice rounds before tournaments, usually with a wager on the line.

"We play well against each other," said Johnson. "I love Phil and we're great friends but we have a lot more fun when we're playing against each other than when we're partners."

Johnson's antipathy to partnering Mickelson stretches back to the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, when the two were paired for the opening day foursomes and fourballs.

They lost both matches 3&2.

Left-hander Mickelson famously also had a nightmare partnership with Tiger Woods at the 2004 Ryder Cup.   Continued...

 
Sep 10, 2016; Carmel, IN, USA; Dustin Johnson reacts to making a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick GC.  Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports