The United States are well on their way to a seventh successive Presidents Cup win, as they lead the worldwide team 8-2 heading into Saturday’s crucial day’s play.
It just added spice, or salt in the wound from the other side’s perspective, as the USA dominated the second day of play at Liberty National, 4 ½- 1⁄2, and took a commanding 8-2 lead with two days to go.
After Mickelson rolled in a 20-footer to take a 1-up victory for he and Kisner over the Internationals’ Jason Day and Marc Leishman, the American duo celebrated by performing a little dance inspired by the movie Three Amigos. The event lasts four days with five matches of foursomes on Thursday, five matches of fourball on Friday, four matches of foursomes and fourball on Saturday, and then 12 singles matches on Sunday.
The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their only loss coming in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. He and Day were 1 up with two holes to play when Leishman missed the fairway on the 17th hole and they made bogey.
The U.S. starters were always expected to deliver for the home side – Jordan, Patrick, Dustin and Rickie, these are the players who have emerged as the new core for future American teams.
“So the record, I don’t really think much about”, said Mickelson, who has played in all 12 Presidents Cups. Oosthuizen did almost hole his approach at the par-4 12th for eagle, but in the end the two sides each settled for a half point.
The American lead is the largest in Presidents Cup annals following two sessions.
“The one thing that I say, we’re only ten points through 30”.
But only JT pulled it off and it was just one great shot in match where they took out the previously undefeated South African duo of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen. “I thought we biffed it when we were doing it, but when I looked back and saw the replay, I think we kind of nailed it, actually”. The loopers then said “we know they got something planned”. His Friday arrival will mark the 66th time the 45th President has visited one of his 17 golf clubs (and, for a lot of them, presumably played some golf) since becoming President on January 20, 2017. We do make quite a few putts together. On the 18th, Mickelson went over the green in a swale, while Day came up short. The U.S. can actually clinch the Cup by sweeping the four four-ball matches on Saturday afternoon. I was ranked number one on the team for a reason, and I didn’t show up.
As the worldwide stars remained largely irrelevant, the US enjoyed a boost on what is normally moving day at the biennial match.