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Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup

  • United States vice-captain Tiger Woods smiles with United States' Phil Mickelson before a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    United States vice-captain Tiger Woods smiles with United States' Phil Mickelson before a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States captain Davis Love III talks to United States' Phil Mickelson during a team photo before a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    United States captain Davis Love III talks to United States' Phil Mickelson during a team photo before a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States' Phil Mickelson hits from a bunker on the first hole during a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    United States' Phil Mickelson hits from a bunker on the first hole during a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

Phil Mickelson criticized another Ryder Cup captain in explaining why this American team at least will be prepared to play its best.

Mickelson was the catalyst for change in 2014 when he publicly questioned Tom Watson's heavy-handed role as captain in Gleneagles in another American loss. That led to a task force that allowed for more player involvement.

Mickelson used Hal Sutton and his captaincy in 2004 as an example of players being set up for failure. He says Sutton only told him he was playing with Tiger Woods just two days before the start of the matches. Mickelson says he had to learn how to hit a different golf ball and it affected his preparations.

He says Davis Love III has them in a position to succeed at Hazeltine.