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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson's golf ball curled into the cup at the end of a most adventurous first hole in the Sunday singles.
 
Regardless of how this Presidents Cup turns out, it'll go down as one of the most memorable weeks in Phil Mickelson's long and distinguished career.
 
Mickelson entered the week as the event's oldest player, and will leave it as the man who's played the most matches ever – and with good reason, seeing as how he's been in all 11 editions of the Presidents Cup.
 
Already this week, Phil has:
 
 
 
 
 
After all that, Mickelson surely couldn't let this final day go by without some kind of highlight, could he? No, he couldn't. And he made sure of it right off the jump.
 
Mickelson – wearing a parka and two black gloves – sailed the opening tee shot of his singles match against Charl Schwartzel into a spectator's umbrella off the right side of the fairway. He took a drop, then blasted an iron up toward the green, but his ball came up short and found a bunker.
 
And not just the bunker, but plugged near the front lip of the bunker. As we would all expect, he took a big cut and somehow blasted out to 11 feet. And then, of course, he made the putt – but the ball didn't just go in the hole, it curled from right to left across the face of the hole, then used about 270 degrees' worth of lip before it finally tumbled in.
 
Just call it a routine par, and the latest highlight in a week full of them for Phil the Thrill. And best of all – it was good enough to win the hole. Check it out:
 
 
After witnessing this incredible display, we can only agree with Ben Crane:
 
 
 
 
 
October 10, 2015 - 11:38am
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If you were looking for a Jason Day-Jordan Spieth singles showdown Sunday at the Presidents Cup, it's not happening.

INCHEON, South Korea -- The pairings for the 12 singles matches scheduled for Sunday at the 2015 Presidents Cup (times listed are Korea time, 13 hours ahead of Eastern time):

Match 19, 9:15 a.m.: 
Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (INT)

Match 20, 9:27 a.m.:
Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Adam Scott (INT)

Match 21, 9:39 a.m.:
Dustin Johnson (USA) vs. Danny Lee (INT)

Match 22, 9:51 a.m.:
J.B. Holmes (USA) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (INT)

Match 23, 10:03 a.m.:
Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Thongchai Jaidee (INT)

Match 24, 10:15 a.m.:
Jimmy Walker (USA) vs. Steven Bowditch (INT)

Match 25, 10:27 a.m.:
Phil Mickelson (USA) vs. Charl Schwartzel (INT)

Match 26, 10:39 a.m.:
Chris Kirk (USA) vs. Anirban Lahiri (INT)

Match 27, 10:51 a.m.:
Jordan Spieth (USA) vs. Marc Leishman (INT)

Match 28, 11:03 a.m.:
Zach Johnson (USA) vs. Jason Day (INT)

Match 29, 11:15 a.m.:
Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Branden Grace (INT)

Match 30, 11:27 a.m.:
Bill Haas (USA) vs. Sangmoon Bae (INT)

October 10, 2015 - 9:05am
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For good luck -- we guess -- Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed rubbed the belly of Phil Mickelson during Presidents Cup action on Saturday.

What do you do to bring yourself good luck on the golf course?

If you're Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed in the Presidents Cup, it's simple -- rub the belly of Phil Mickelson.

Huh?

Yep. That was a thing on Saturday in South Korea. As Fowler and Reed made the turn in their morning foursomes match, Mickelson was on the practice green getting in some work before his afternoon fourball session.

RELATED: Presidents Cup scoring | Saturday's photos | U.S. clings to one-point advantage

When Fowler and Reed crossed paths with Mickelson, Lefty approached the two to wish them well when the pair instinctively rubbed the belly of the 11-time U.S. Presidents Cup team member.

See for yourself:

 

Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out for Reed and Fowler, who lost the match to Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, 3 and 2.

The U.S. will take a one-point lead into Sunday's singles matches. 

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth turned and pointed at assistant captain Davis Love III after chipping in for a birdie from the bunker on No. 12 Saturday afternoon.
 
Jordan Spieth is being Jordan Spieth again this afternoon. 
 
Teaming with his Ryder Cup partner Patrick Reed in a fourball match against Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel, the world no. 1 made five birdies on the front nine all by himself. The last three of those came on Nos. 7, 8 and 9, and all three were hole-winners as Spieth and Reed built a sizable lead.
 
 
He picked up on 10 and 11 as Reed halved one hole and won the other, and found himself in a deep greenside bunker on the par-4 12th. But just when it looked like Spieth might be finished "Spiething" for a while, he pulled off another signature shot.
 
As he studied his situation, Spieth gestured to assistant captain Davis Love III. Then he knocked the ball up, over the lip, onto the green – and into the hole for a birdie. And then he turned back to Love and pointed, as if to say "I told you so."
 
Here's his bunker blast:
 
 
Charl Schwartzel
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Despite being ill earlier in the week, Charl Schwartzel has hit several of the Presidents Cup's best shots.
 
South Africans Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen have stolen the headlines at the Presidents Cup this week, and with good reason – they're a perfect 3-0 as they play this afternoon fourball matches.
 
Another South African deserves a shoutout, though, and that would be Charl Schwartzel. Best known as the 2010 Masters champion, Schwartzel arrived in South Korea with a virus, and felt so bad that he skipped much of the International teams's pre-tournament practice and even sat out on Thursday.
 
Since then, however, Schwartzel has played well. He and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee teamed up for a 2&1 win over Bill Haas and Chris Kirk in the Friday fourballs, then he and Jason Day narrowly lost to the U.S. powerhouse duo of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson in the Saturday morning foursomes.
 
 
Schwartzel and Day are teamed again this afternoon against Spieth and Patrick Reed, and the match is all square as I write this. Part of the reason for that is Schwartzel's tee shot on the 164-yard, par-3 fifth hole. 
 
Schwartzel went aggressively at the flag, and his shot landed just to the left of the stick before spinning to a stop less than two feet from a hole-in-one. He made the birdie to counter a birdie a  birdie from Reed, thanks to a shot that is the a bout the best thing we’ve seen so far in the session.
 
You can see it here, with another excellent Schwartzel shot from this morning right below.
 
Adam Scott and Jason Day
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Adam Scott and Jason Day will welcome the 2019 Presidents Cup and 2016 World Cup of golf to their native Australia.
 
The 2019 Presidents Cup will be played in the Australian state of Victoria, PGA Tour officials announced on Saturday, as will the 2016 World Cup of Golf.
 
The host venues in Melbourne and exact dates will be determined later, officials said, but the events likely will be held in November of their respective years. The 2017 Presidents Cup will be the third played in Australia, while the 2016 World Cup will be played Down Under for the fifth time in its 58-year history.
 
"Australia is home to some of the best golfers on the PGA Tour – not to mention some of the world's most passionate fans," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. "The success of the recent 2011 Presidents Cup and 2013 World Cup of Golf has reinforced Victoria's stature as a global golf destination and make the area a perfect choice to welcome these esteemed competitions back within the next four years."
 
"I'm very, very happy that we're returning to Melbourne, where I won the World Cup," said Jason Day, one of four Australians competing in the current Presidents Cup. "Whether we play at Royal Melbourne or some other golf course, I just like playing that sort of golf, and being back in front of the home crowd will be fantastic. And for up and coming players from Australia, they have something to shoot for – that goal of getting on that Presidents Cup team and playing in their home country."
 
 
The Presidents Cup was held at Royal Melbourne in 1998 and 2011; no other international venue has hosted the event more than once. Melbourne also was the site of the International Team's only outright victory in 1998, when Peter Thomson's International team defeat Jack Nicklaus' U.S. team 20 1/2 to 11 1/2. In 2011, Fred Couples led the U.S. team to a 19-15 win over Greg Norman and the Internationals.
 
Melbourne also hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1959, 1972, 1988 and 2013.  In 2013, the event was a 72-hole stroke play tournament held at Royal Melbourne. Day shot a final-round 70 to win the individual event, and he paired with Adam Scott to claim the team prize. In 2016, the World Cup will return to its original team format.
 
"It's exciting news, any time Australia gets big events," said Scott, a seven-time Presidents Cup participant. "Obviously with the World Cup going back and Jason and I having won it the last time it was played in Melbourne, I look forward to hopefully playing again, and the same for the Presidents Cup."
 
Before heading to Melbourne in 2019, the 2017 Presidents Cup will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.
 
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