Golfer Phil Mickelson takes selfie with Bush Obama and Clinton

Saturday, 30 Sep, 2017

Grace and Oosthuizen were undefeated together in five Presidents Cup matches before the emerging star pairing of Fowler and Thomas schooled them 3 & 2 on in fourball on Friday.

For Steve Stricker the 12th Presidents Cup is what we thought it was going to be, an embarrassment of riches. He has played in every Ryder Cup since 1995.

The start of the tournament gave golf a new "Big Three" - former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton posing with players and wives on each team in an opening ceremony unlike any other.

In a match that was expected to be one of the most closely contested all day, Thomas and Fowler got their noses in front early and never let the South Africans back in. "I would love to see what kind of person he was then". "We were really excited to know that he had accepted that role and was contemplating coming out here", Monahan said.

They should have an advantage here in the fact that (A) the pressure is off the team leading by a half-dozen points; and (B) they've already competed in the foursomes format together. "I don't know what the recipe is".

United States have won nine of 11 Presidents Cups. The International team can be backed at 25/1 for a remarkable win and the tie at 15-15 is available at 20/1.

Monahan said he was not concerned about any criticism the tour or golf might get by Trump's presence.

Stricker's toughest decision was deciding which four players to leave out on Saturday morning with their depth such that Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell were benched, despite their runaway 6&5 victory on Friday.

Later, there was a choreographed (and nonetheless awkward) celebration between Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson after the latter's 12-foot birdie putt completed a comeback 1 -up victory over Jason Day and Marc Leishman, who had led for the first 13 holes.

Leishman was playing with his sixth partner in his last six Presidents Cup matches. Then, the five-time major champion took out his phone for a selfie he might not get again. He has earned just over $83 million, second only to Tiger Woods.

Most unusual about his career is what he hasn't done.

Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner rehearsed the dance from "Three Amigos".

"I don't really think much about", Mickelson added of matching the record. Most of the players were warming up on the range.

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 USA presidents.

For the US, the day was whole, beginning with the excitement of a ferry ride from the team's Manhattan hotel, past the Statue of Liberty.