A few weeks ago in one of my Ryder Cup preview articles, I said I couldn't think of two players more compatible for a Friday and/or Saturday pairing than U.S. team members Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.
Of course, it didn't take a lot of research for me, or anyone else for that matter, to formulate that pairing. Mickelson has been mentoring Bradley for some time now, playing practice rounds with the PGA Tour's reigning Rookie of the Year and offering a valuable and constant flow of advice and guidance.
Bradley looks at Mickelson as his idol. Mickelson sees in Bradley an enthusiasm and passion for the game that only makes him a better player. It seemed like a natural fit for U.S. team captain Davis Love III to pair them in what could be a formidable duo.
That turned out to be precisely the case on the opening day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club as Mickelson and Bradley teamed to win two matches, and the United States jumped out to a 5 to 3 lead over the European squad.
The World Golf Hall of Famer and his protege topped my power ranking of the best Day 1 performances at the 2012 Ryder Cup.