The United States have adopted Europe’s approach to the Ryder Cup to end a run of three defeats, says Phil Mickelson. The 46-year-old, who is playing in his 11th event, has been part of a “task-force” set up to build a long-term US programme for the biennial tournament.

“Players, past captains, vice-captains and caddies have been involved in the process – like the model Europe have had tremendous success with,” he said.

This year’s three-day competition starts this afternoon at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.