Amer­i­cans run­ning away in the Pres­i­dents Cup

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By DOUG FER­GU­SON

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Phil Mick­el­son and Kevin Kis­ner re­hearsed the dance from “Three Ami­gos.” The only ques­tion was whether to use it at the Pres­i­dents Cup, and as the vet­eran of 23 team events, Mick­el­son con­cluded it would need to be a big mo­ment.

Their match was all square on the 18th hole Fri­day. Mick­el­son was 12 feet away for birdie. A vic­tory would give the Amer­i­cans a record lead.

“If this putt goes in,” Mick­el­son said he told his rookie part­ner, “we’re go­ing to dance.”

This turned out to be one big dance party for an Amer­i­can team that has gone nearly two decades with­out los­ing. They ham­mered the In­ter­na­tional teams on the back nine to go un­beaten in four­balls and build an 8-2 lead, the largest mar­gin af­ter two ses­sions since the Pres­i­dents Cup be­gan in 1994.

Mick­el­son had his 24th match vic­tory to tie the Pres­i­dents Cup record held by Tiger Woods, and he set a record with his 10th vic­tory in four­balls. As for that dance ? It looked a lit­tle awk­ward, though Mick­el­son did slightly bet­ter than when he cropped most of his face out of a selfie he took dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony with the last three U.S. pres­i­dents.

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AP JULIO CORTEZ

Justin Thomas re­acts af­ter miss­ing a shot from a bunker on the 16th hole dur­ing the four-ball golf matches on the sec­ond day of the Pres­i­dents Cup at Lib­erty Na­tional Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Fri­day.

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