Dustin Johnson’s plea to Davis Love III

<div class="news_article"><p>Dustin Johnson says he does not want to partner United States team mate Phil Mickelson at next week's Ryder Cup in Minnesota.</p><p>Throwing diplomacy out of the window, the long-hitting Johnson on Wednesday made clear his thoughts regarding Mickelson, who is a five-times major champion.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/609535888" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/609535888?et=wrnCu6FOSOxLJO1MyEehfw&viewMoreLink=off&sig=N20WJZ1vHK9VgVh5aCnjOFTvw_clhNB14AdOWTcp2Aw=&caption=true" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>&quot;I think I can partner pretty well with pretty much anyone, except for Phil,&quot; world number two Johnson told reporters on the eve of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.</p><p>&quot;Me and Phil don't partner well together,&quot; added Johnson, in what amounted to a public plea to U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.</p><p>U.S. Open champion Johnson made it clear he has no personal issue with Mickelson, with whom he regularly plays practice rounds before tournaments, usually with a wager on the line.</p><p>&quot;We play well against each other,&quot; said Johnson. &quot;I love Phil and we're great friends but we have a lot more fun when we're playing against each other than when we're partners.&quot;</p><p>Johnson's antipathy to partnering Mickelson stretches back to the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, when the two were paired for the opening day foursomes and fourballs.</p><p>They lost both matches 3&amp;2.</p><p>Left-hander Mickelson famously also had a nightmare partnership with Tiger Woods at the 2004 Ryder Cup.</p><p>They were arguably the best two players in the world at the time, and U.S. captain Hal Sutton thought they would be invincible together.</p><p>But that proved to be a terrible decision, as Woods and Mickelson lost both of their first-day matches. They have not been paired since.</p><p>Mickelson has a 16-19-6 (win-loss-halve) record from 10 Ryder Cups, while Johnson is 4-3-0 after two appearances.</p><p>When the American and European players gather at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota next week for the biennial showdown, one man missing will be world number one Jason Day.</p><p>The Australian is such a big Ryder Cup fan he is tempted to attend the event just to experience the atmosphere and feel the tension.</p><p>Instead, he will probably just make do with curling up in the comfort of his home in Ohio and watch the drama unfold via television.</p><p>&quot;I get to sit on my couch and watch the other players sweat, which is fantastic,&quot; Day said, before bringing up the issue of the American &quot;task force&quot; that was formed to come up with ideas on how to improve the U.S. team after they were crushed by Europe two years ago.</p><p>&quot;If America doesn't win, I wonder what'll happen to that task force?&quot; Day pondered, perhaps a little mischievously.</p></div>