Phil Mickelson of the USA plays a bunker shot on the tenth hole during the Morning Foursome Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – It is no lie that Phil Mickelson has had some pretty incredible losses in his career. Before 2004, Phil was the subject of collapses, falling apart in every major championship that he contended in before taking home that first Masters (which, it’s worth noting, included a putt he drained on the 72nd hole).

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But, according to Mickelson, the 2012 Ryder Cup might have been one of the toughest. Mickelson, playing against Justin Rose in singles on Sunday at Medinah, had a chip shot on the 17th hole to end the match. After it stopped on the lip, Rose rolled his birdie in, made an equally-impressive birdie on 18 and won the match.

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That point, coupled with a few other collapses on the American side, swung the Ryder Cup in the Europeans’ favor.

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