Mickelson an old dog learning new tricks

Phil Mickelson spoke about his experience at the Presidents Cup and how he learned something new about himself playing with the American youngsters.

Mickelson an old dog learning new tricks

Mickelson an old dog learning new tricks

by: Chris McKee @mrmckee

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Team USA easily handled the International Team this past week during the Presidents Cup at Liberty National with a convincing score of 19-11.

The Presidents Cup and the press conference that followed had a much different mood than in years past.

The post tournament press conference has gone viral with the likes of Jordan Spieth singing “Shakin that ass” as well as Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods hamming it up for the media.

The jovial atmosphere and kinship amongst todays top players didn’t go unnoticed by one of the veterans on the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson spoke about his experience at the Presidents Cup and how he learned something new about himself playing with the talented group of American youngsters.

Mickelson said:

These young guys are not only great players and fiercely competitive but they have a quality thats taken me decades to acquire and that is they are genuinely happy for each others success.

Mickelson and his rivalry with Tiger Woods has been well documented over the years but the two have both recently said that the animosity towards each was overblown and that they have been friends for years. The two were seen hugging and high-fiving throughout the Presidents Cup perhaps mimicking the actions of the younger players on Team USA.

Mickelson said:

That type of support amongst each other, even though they’re competing against each other brings about a really special energy and dynamic to this team.

Once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

It was a refreshing atmosphere all week at the Presidents Cup (unless you played for the International Team) and it was interesting to see that energy rubbing off on a grizzled veteran of the PGA Tour.

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