Woods never came close to that, which helps explain why Europe has won six of the seven Ryder Cups in which he played.
"Certainly, I am responsible for that because I didn't earn the points that I was put out there for," Woods said. "And that's part of being a team. I needed to go get my points for my team, and I didn't do that. Hopefully, I can do that this week. And hopefully, the other guys can do the same and we can get this thing rolling."
Mickelson began his Ryder Cup career in 1995 at Oak Hill, where he went 3-0 and privately burned that he wasn't used more often. That turned out to be the most points Mickelson contributed in a week.
Their contributions are so noticeable that Mickelson and Furyk are tied for losing the most fourball matches (eight) among American players. Furyk is 1-8-1 in fourballs, though there are pleasant Ryder Cup memories. He took down Nick Faldo in his debut at Valderrama, and it was his big win over Sergio Garcia at The Country Club in 1999 that was critical in the great American comeback.
None of this bothers Love, who played on only two winning teams and had a 9-12-5 record.
"Match play is just so different," he said. "I kind of throw the Jim Furyk or the Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods record of wins and losses out. ... There's a reason why these guys keep making teams, and I don't look a whole lot at the record."
That speaks to what they have done in their careers. They qualified for six straight teams from 1997 through 2008 (Woods would have led the Ryder Cup standings except for being injured). Woods was a captain's pick only once, in 2010. Mickelson has never been picked.
They have shown themselves as America's best over the last 15 years. Trouble is, Europe keeps going home with the trophy.
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