CHASKA, Minn. — In the beginning, there was Phil Mickelson.
Well, maybe not the very beginning. But the Genesis 1:1 of the great PGA of America task force on how to build a better Ryder Cup team was Mickelson tearing into Tom Watson’s “my way or the highway” captaincy of the U.S. team in its 16.5-11.5 loss to the Europeans in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Everything that has followed has had Mickelson’s fingerprints all over it. He wanted a collaborative process in shaping the team? The task force came up with a formula absolutely bursting with inclusiveness.
Players past and present, past captains and vice-captains, PGA of America officials, caddies — all voices were…