Bradley, whose victory in the USPGA Championship last year came in the first major he had ever played, has described walking to the first tee for his first practice round as probably the proudest moment of his career.
It meant all the more to the 26-year-old because he grew up watching his aunt Pat playing the Solheim Cup - and probably also because he was not chosen for last year's Presidents Cup weeks after his major triumph.
Asked how long he had thought about being part of a Ryder Cup team Bradley, of Irish descent, said: "Since I was probably five or six to be honest with you. It's been a dream of mine.
"It was basically a Sunday crowd at a major and it was a Tuesday. I assume come Friday these fans are going to be ready to rock and roll.
"I had the most fun I've maybe ever had on a golf course.
"I texted Pat (winner of six majors herself) a picture of my golf bag just to get her excited because I grew up watching her play and looking at her bags and being so amazed.
"She just texted me 'USA all the way'. She brings an intensity to the game and that's what I hope she passed down to me."
Bradley also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last month, taking advantage of team-mate Jim Furyk's closing double bogey when he led by one, and the possibility of partnering Mickelson as the left-hander becomes America's most capped player in the event fills him with even more excitement.
"It would be a dream. I've told Davis (captain Davis Love) I'm happy to partner anybody on this team, but me and Phil have a great relationship.
"The great part about Phil is he's there for advice, but will also listen to me and take me seriously. I think that's what could make us a good partnership.
"I've a lot of pinch-yourself moments in the last couple years - that seems to happen almost every week - but just sitting around the team room with Tiger and Phil and guys of that stature ... that's pretty special."
Mickelson has rather taken Bradley under his wing in practice rounds at tournaments the past two seasons and the Vermont golfer has just lapped up the chance to learn.
"It helps me every week. I get in these games and I've got more nerves than I do in the tournament.
"I think it's kind of a great way for preparing me for the actual rounds and in a tournament like this where it's match play it's been great practice for the last couple of years."
Asked if he could envisage himself on Sunday being involved in a match that decides the whole thing - as was the case with Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan at Celtic Manor last time - Bradley responded: "I'd love it, yeah.
"I think that would be fun. I can't speak from experience, but the way that it came down with Hunter and to see him so emotional after the match was special to me because it just shows how much everybody is so into this.
"That's one of the things that almost takes me by surprise a little is how intense and into it every player is on this team. That's a great example.
"It also keeps your game very sharp. I've always played very well after I've played in a Phil match because he gets your juices flowing.
"If I'm ever playing against Phil I want to beat him so bad. Without a doubt he's prepared me for this moment."
Bradley is one of four debutants on the home side. He qualified like US Open champion Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner, the player he beat in a play-off in Atlanta last August, then Brandt Snedeker was added by Love - just before he pulled off his £7million FedEx Cup and Tour Championship double on Sunday.
Europe's lone debutant is Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who was also given a wild card.
The last time the Europeans had only one newcomer was 1989 at The Belfry - Northern Ireland's Ronan Rafferty.
He lost his two foursomes with Bernhard Langer and Christy O'Connor Jnr and was not chosen for either session of fourballs by then captain Tony Jacklin, but came good in the singles with a last-green victory over reigning Open champion Mark Calcavecchia.
The match was tied, but Europe were holders and so retained the trophy.