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“I’m clearly the worst selfie taker. I’m the worst ‘Three Ami­gos’ dancer,” Mick­el­son said. “But I can putt.”

So can his team­mates, who have fol­lowed the script set out by U.S. cap­tain Steve Stricker to win ev­ery ses­sion. They won hand­ily in the

other three matches. The other match was a halve, but even in that one, Hideki Mat­suyama and Adam Had­win had a 2-up lead with four holes to play un­til Jor­dan Spi­eth and Pa­trick Reed ral­lied. The Amer­i­cans nearly won that one, too, ex­cept that Spi­eth nar­rowly missed birdie putts on the last two holes.

“Our guys stepped up again,” Stricker said.

“They have a knack for do­ing that. To fin­ish like that is huge for us go­ing into to­mor­row.”

Math­e­mat­i­cally, the In­ter­na­tional team could be done Satur­day, the first day of a dou­ble ses­sion — four matches of four­somes in the morn­ing, fol­low­ing by four matches of four­balls in the af­ter­noon. The Amer­i­cans are 7 1/2 points away from clinch­ing the cup.

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