With the USA team struggling Saturday morning at Le Golf National just outside Paris, Mickelson hung out with the final pairing of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and darned if they didn't deliver a victory that averted a sweep by Team Europe.
Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter were 2 UP on the final United States pairing of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas after three holes but the tide soon started to turn.
But after Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas edged out Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey in a thrilling match 1-up, British Open champion Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood produced a late surge to down a misfiring Woods and Reed 3 and 1. They rallied to beat Woods and Reed, coming back from 2 down through 10 holes by making four birdies over the next seven. By the turn, they were 2 UP.
The 27-year-old Fleetwood also became the first European rookie to win his opening four matches in the event, having levelled Sergio Garcia's mark of three earlier in the day with a 4 and 3 fourball triumph over Woods and Reed.
The US came into this Ryder Cup as holders and favourites. Jordan Spieth is definitely up for the fight.
Thomas admitted afterwards: "We were two down after two holes so to close it on the 15th green showed that we both played unbelievable. We know if it's four [points] or less it's been done before on Sunday".
Greeted at the first tee with chants of "Rhambo Rhambo" from fans in the mammoth grandstand, he hit his first shot into the water and repeated the trick at the second.
After a dream afternoon on day one where Europe completed a historic whitewash, day two started just as well, moving to an 8-4 lead.
"Playing against a team like that, that's putting that well, you're going to have to make a lot of birdies and we didn't". We'll keep you updated throughout the three days right here on our live blog.
Said Spieth: "As a team, we need to gain momentum back".
Indeed, the 1999 US team overcame a 10-6 deficit entering Sunday singles and won at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and the 2008 European team did the same thing at Medinah.
'When you look at the American names, they have a strong line-up, but we are really happy'.
Poulter held his nerve over a six-footer on the sixth after Spieth's handsome approach to within a few feet had opened the door for the Americans, and then produced a characteristic slice of Poulter Ryder Cup magic with a sensational putt from right across the seventh green to put Europe up for the first time.
And it was Thomas's six-foot putt on 17 that secured the solitary USA point, a lifeline amid the red distress flares.