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October 9, 2015 - 11:18am
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Phil Mickelson
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After overcoming an unusual penalty on Friday for a halve in his match with Zach Johnson over Jason Day and Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson had a stern assessment of the match result for Day and Scott.

Do you like talking smack on the golf course?

If so, it doesn't get much better than the smack spewing from Phil Mickelson's mouth after he and Zach Johnson halved their Friday Fourballs match against Adam Scott and Jason Day in the Presidents Cup.

If you'll remember, Mickelson committed a serious golf-ball blunder on the seventh hole, resulting in an unusual penalty that saw the U.S. go from all all square in the match to 2-down in just one hole.

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Well, the U.S. bounced back and managed to snag a halve.

For Mickelson, it felt pretty good to come back from that snafu to Scott and arguably the world's hottest player in Day. Just ask him.

"We spotted the Internationals' best team two holes and they still couldn't beat us," Mickelson said. "Just sayin’."

Here's the video of that very quote:

 

Those are fighting words! Well, by golf standards, anyway. The U.S. will take a one-point lead at 5 1/2-4 1/2 going into the weekend, where you've got to think Scott and Day would love another crack at Lefty.

October 9, 2015 - 10:05am
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Field list for the 27th Senior PGA Professional National Championship Presented by Mercedes-Benz (as of October 2):

Kent ABEGGLEN, Washington, UT
Mitch ADAMS, Troy, NC
Mark AEBLI, West Dover, VT
Jim ALEXANDER, Sandy Hook, CT
Don ALLAN, Mount Holly, NJ
John ALLEN, Media, PA
Mark ANDERSON, St. Simons Island, GA
Thomas ANDERSON, Laurel, MT
Bill ANDREWS, Greenland, NH
John APPLEGET, Dorothy, NJ
Ricky ARNETT, Leander, TX
Michael BAKER, Walpole, MA
Doug BAUMAN, North Barrington, IL
James BEADLE, Morris Plains, NJ
John BERMEL, Cedar Falls, IA
Don BERRY, Brooklyn Park, MN
Scott BESS, Columbia, MO
Chris BLACK, Lancaster, OH
James BLAIR, St. George, UT
Kevin BOLLES, Boulder, CO
Charlie BOLLING, Glen Cove, NY
Barry BONIFIELD, Louisville, KY
Joe BOROS, Saxonburg, PA
Bill BREEN, Nashville, TN
Jeff BREHAUT, Los Altos, CA
Craig BRISCHKE, Forest Lake, MN
Scott BUNTIN, Starkville, MS
Brian CAIRNS, Walled Lake, MI
John CALABRIA, Naples, FL
Mike CAMASTRO, Montgomery, IL
Mitchell CAMP, Aurora, OH
Craig CARNEY, Barrington, IL
Tom CARRICATO, Highlands Ranch, CO
Jim CARTER, Scottsdale, AZ
Gregory CASAGRANDA, Pauma Valley, CA
Rocky CATALANO, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Walt CHAPMAN, Knoxville, TN
Barry CHEESMAN, Sarasota, FL
Jim CICHRA, Pittsburgh, PA
Kenny COLLINS, Kingsburg, CA
Brian CONSER, Scottsdale, AZ
Mike COOK, Tuolumne, CA
Carl COOPER, Humble, TX
Jeff COPELAND, Birmingham, AL
Jon CORLISS, Virginia Beach, VA
Tom COSTELLO, Stansbury Park, UT J
ohn DALCOROBBO, Speedway, IN
Russ DAVIS, Sandy Springs, GA
Jim DEITERS, Midland, MI
Ron DELLOSTRITTO, Wethersfield, CT
Kevin DENIKE, Davenport, IA
Edwin DICKENS, Fredericksburg, TX
Denny DOLCI, Sharon, PA
Kurt DONAHOO, Oceanside, CA
Tom DYER, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Robert EAKS, Scottsdale, AZ
Larry EMERY, Augusta, MI
Chris ENDRES, Anthem, AZ
Jim ESTES, Germantown, MD
Barry EVANS, Charleston, WV
Eric EVANS, Claremont, CA
John FAIDLEY, Winston-Salem, NC
Mark FARRELL, Westport, CT
Mark FAULKNER, Marion, IL
Gene FIEGER, Naples, FL
George FORSTER, Villanova, PA
Gilbert FREEMAN, Dallas, TX
John FREEMAN, Muskego, WI
Tim FRIES, East Amherst, NY
Rob GIBBONS, Molalla, OR
John GIBSON, Cypress, TX
Stan GORMAN, Syracuse, NY
Mike GRAY, Indian Creek Village, FL
Mark GUHNE, Hixson, TN
Roger GUNN, Oak Park, CA
Mo GUTTMAN, Sarasota, FL
Mike HAMBLIN, Twin Falls, ID
Kirk HANEFELD, Acton, MA
Jeff HANSON, Edwards, CO
Troy HARDER, Wayne, NE
Scott HARE, Buford, GA
Buddy HARSTON, Kingston Springs, TN
Bill HARVEY, Albuquerque, NM
Kevin HAYASHI, Hilo, HI
Kevin HEALY, Sugar Grove, IL
Tom HEARN, Lincoln, NE
Bobby HEINS, Purchase, NY
Stuart HENDLEY, Midland, TX
Glen HERRELL, Albany, GA
Terry HERTZOG, Lititz, PA
John HICKSON, Topsham, ME
Paul HOBART, Hilliard, OH
Timothy HOLT, Granger, IN
Fred HOLTON, Phenix City, AL
Lee HOUTTEMAN, Glen Arbor, MI
Rob HUFF, Eagle, ID
Reed HUGHES, Senatobia, MS
Bryan HUGHETT, Norfolk, NE
Cary HUNGATE, Kokomo, IN
Stu INGRAHAM, Broomal, PA
Bill ISRAELSON, Staples, MN
James JEFFERS, Queensbury, NY
Brent JOHNSON, Canonsburg, PA
Joe JOHNSON, Indio, CA
Dale JONES, Eagan, MN
Tom JOYCE, Huntington, NY
Mike KAIDO, Zanesville, OH
James KANE, Edmond, OK
Mark KEATING, Sherwood, OR
Brian KELLY, Lewisburg, PA
Stephen KEPPLER, Kennesaw, GA
Darrell KESTNER, Glen Cove, NY
Charles KING, Griffin, GA
Clem KING, Lexington, SC
Ed KIRBY, Wakefield, RI
Mark KIRK, East Aurora, NY
Dan KOESTERS, Las Cruces, NM
Tim KRAPFEL, Centerville, OH
Ken KRIEGER, Cheyenne, WY
Brad LARDON, College Station, TX
Jim LAZARKO, Glen Ellyn, IL
John LEE, Naples, FL
Brian LEIB, Spring Grove, PA
David LEVINE, O’Fallon, MO
Rick LEWALLEN, Kannapolis, NC
Paul LOBATO, Englewood, CO
Bill LOEFFLER, Highlands Ranch, CO
Tony LOUDEN, New Haven, IN
Brian LOWE, Windham, NY
David LUNDSTROM, Houston, TX
George MACK, Sisters, OR
Baker MADDERA, West Orange, NJ
Steve MADSEN, Jupiter, FL
Eric MANNING, Cortland, NY
Fran MARRELLO, Plymouth, CT
Ned MARTIN, Decatur, AL
James MASON, Dillard, GA
Bradley MAYS, Noblesville, IN
Tom MCANDREW, Elkhorn, NE
Glenn MCCLOSKEY, Frederick, MD
Todd MCCORKLE, Birmingham, AL
Mark MCCORMICK, Middletown, NJ
Shawn MCENTEE, American Canyon, CA
Mel MCINTYRE, Kuttawa, KY
Rob MCNAMARA, Charlottesville, VA
Robert MEHERAN, Tampa, FL
Frank MELLET, Voorheesville, NY
Jared MELSON, Tullahoma, TN
Dennis MEYER, Dubuque, IA
Mark MIELKE, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Tony MILAM, Concord, OH
Mike MILES, Huntington Beach, CA
Chuck MILNE, Vancouver, WA
Randy MITCHELL, Newark, OH
Rick MORTON, Jacksonville, NC
Bill MORY, Haslett, MI
Kevin MUIR, Birmingham, MI
Bruce NAKAMURA, Vista, CA
Kirk NELSON, Kihei, HI
Paul NOLEN, Marana, AZ
Paul NORRIS, Dallas, TX
Mike NORTHERN, Colorado Springs, CO
Rod NUCKOLLS, Overland Park, KS
John O'CONNOR, Bradford, MA
John O'LEARY, Ocoee, FL
Peter OAKLEY, Palm City, FL
Jimmy ODELL, Houston, TX
Jack OLIVER, Franklin, TN
Gary OSTREGA, Westfield, NJ
Steve PARKER, Houston, TX
Tim PARUN, San Diego, CA
Charles PASCO, Beverly Hills, MI
Doug PERRY, Fort Collins, CO
Clark PETERSON, Portage, MI
Rob PHELPS, Cortland, NY
Tracy PHILLIPS, Tulsa, OK
Jim PIKE, Sammamish, WA
George PLASSMANN, Olathe, KS
John PLATT, Plainfield, IL
David PODAS, Los Angeles, CA
Ken POWELL, Bradenton, FL
Anthony PRICE, Terry, MS
Steve PRUGH, Spokane, WA
Ron PTACEK, Boise, ID
Sam RANDOLPH, Fort Worth, TX
Richard REBNE, Ringgold, GA
Douglas REED, Warm Springs, VA
Lee RINKER, Jupiter, FL
Gary ROBISON, Canton, OH
Thomas ROONEY, Mansfield, MA
Jeff ROTH, Farmington, NM
Mike SAN FILIPPO, Hobe Sound, FL
Andy SANTOR, Boardman, OH
Kevin SAVAGE, Baldwinsville, NY
Ken SCHALL, Norwalk, IA
Kirk SCHEERHORN, West Olive, MI
Steve SCHNEITER, Sandy, UT
Kirk SCHOOLEY, Frankfort, KY
Jeff SCHROEDER, Avon, IN
Rick SCHULLER, Chester, VA
Dirk SCHULTZ, Hagerstown, MD
Jim SCHUMAN, Scottsdale, AZ
Rob SEDORCEK, Ballwin, MO
Jack SELTZER, Linden, MI
Jim SHEERIN, Rye Beach, NH
Jeff SHEPPARD, Olathe, KS
Bill SHRIVER, Largo, FL
Rob SHUEY, Mechanicsburg, PA
John SIKES, Frankston, TX
Sonny SKINNER, Sylvester, GA
Ricky SMALLRIDGE, Auburn, AL
Dale SMIGELSKY, Fort Collins, CO
Jeff SMITH, Oskaloosa, IA
Stuart SMITH, Reno, NV
Jim SOBB, Lake Barrington, IL
Mick SOLI, San Carlos, CA
Chris SOUCHAK, Sarasota, FL
Gary SOWINSKI, San Diego, CA
Cary SPLANE, St. Augustine, FL
Clark SPRATLIN, Toccoa, GA
Chris STARKJOHANN, Oceanside, CA
Ronald STELTEN, Palm Desert, CA
Pat STEPHENS, Richmond, KY
Craig STEVENS, Dallas, GA
Mike STEWART, Edmond, OK
Brad STONE, Fruit Heights, UT
Brent STUDER, Manasquan, NJ
Stephen STULL, Richland, WA
Chip SULLIVAN, Pearl, MS
Nevin SUTCLIFFE, Lehigh Acres, FL
Lance TAKETA, Hilo, HI
David TENTIS, Woodbury, MN
Eddie TERASA, Waukesha, WI
Craig THOMAS, White Plains, NY
Kim THOMPSON, Salt Lake City, UT
Robert THOMPSON, Huntsville, TX
Jeff THOMSEN, Boise, ID
Daniel THORE, Reidsville, NC
David THORE, Wilmington, NC
Ricky TOUMA, Olney, MD
Paul TRITTLER, Scottsdale, AZ
Jerry TUCKER, Stuart, FL
Mark TUCKER, New Hartford, NY
Jan URSO, Lake Worth, FL
William VAN ORMAN, Bogart, GA
Richard VON TACKY, Titusville, PA
Michael WEST, Palm Harbor, FL
Doug WHERRY, Lakewood, CO
Fletcher WHITE, Pine Bluff, AR
Jim WHITE, Lincoln, NE
Tim WHITE, Midlothian, VA
Edward WHITMAN, Blairstown, NJ
Jack WIDGER, Ellicottville, NY
Rob WILKIN, Overland Park, KS
Greg WILSON, Oskaloosa, IA
Rodney WILSON, Burlingame, CA
Randy WITTIG, Cave Creek, AZ
Jim WOODWARD, Oklahoma, OK
Carl WORLEY, Hideaway, TX
Michael WRIGHT, Gilbert, AZ
Mark YANNOTTA, Whippany, NJ
Chuck YOUNG, Duncanville, TX
David YOUNG, Scarborough, NY
Brad ZEITNER, Columbus, OH 

South Africans Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, undefeated through two days, are paired again for the Internationals Saturday morning.
 
INCHEON, South Korea – The pairings for the four morning foursomes matches scheduled for Saturday at the 2015 Presidents Cup (times listed are Korea time, 13 hours ahead of Eastern time). A set of four fourball matches will then be played Saturday afternoon, with those pairings unveiled after the mornig foursomes are complete:
 
Match 11, 7:05 AM:
Patrick Reed / Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Louis Oosthuizen / Branden Grace (INT)
 
Match 12, 7:16 AM:
Bubba Watson / J.B. Holmes (USA) vs. Adam Scott / Marc Leishman (INT)
 
Match 13, 7:27 AM:
Bill Haas / Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Sang-moon Bae / Hideki Matsuyama (INT)
 
Match 14, 7:38 AM:
Dustin Johnson / Jordan Spieth (USA vs. Jason Day / Charl Schwartzel (INT)
 
Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson, at age 45, is the oldest player in the Presidents Cup. He's also leading the field in highlight shots.
 
Mickelson, as we showed you on Thursday, chipped in out of a greenside bunker for a birdie. Today, he made that shot look like a tap-in.
 
Again paired with Zach Johnson, Mickelson yanked his drive on the par-4 12th hole a little to the right, and it wound up in a bunker just off the fairway. His lie was okay, but the bunker sloped uphill in front of him – and he was 138 yards from the flag.
 
 
Seemed like the perfect situation to hit a safe lay-up shot and then try to get up and down for a pair. Unless you're Phil the Thrill.
 
Lefty took a mighty cut, and the ball rocketed out of the sand, fought the stiff breeze, and landed on the green. From there, it spun almost dead right – and into the cup. Eagle the easy way, right.
 
Adam Scott and Jason Day, the Americans' opponents in this fourball match, could only shake their heads. Mickelson's eagle gave him and Johnson a 2-up lead in a session that has been significant tighter than the first-day foursomes.
 
Here's the big bunker shot. And below it, in case you're interested, is a nice putt Mickelson canned a little earlier in the day. The guy just never ceases to amaze:
 
 
 
 
Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson
Reuters
Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson found themselves in a bit of a hole after a confusing situation on the seventh hole of their Friday fourball match.
 
How can you go from all square to 2 down on a single hole? Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson found out the hard way during their fourball match with Jason Day and Adam Scott in the Presidents Cup on Friday.
 
The match was even as the players teed off on the seventh hole. Mickelson teed off with a different model of ball than he had used on the sixth hole, a violation of what is known as the "one-ball condition."
 
After the round, Mickelson explained that he switched to a firmer ball to try to reach the green. As he was walking down the fairway, he said, he began to wonder whether there was a rule about switching ball models. He asked U.S. Captain Jay Haas, who was walking with the group, and then consulted rules officials.
 
The officials confirmed that the one-ball condition was in effect, and told Mickelson that he was disqualified from the hole. Johnson, playing alone, made a par, losing to a birdie from Day.
 
Here's where things got interesting. In match play, a player who violates the one-ball condition incurs a significant penalty – a one-hole adjustment to the match score at the end of the hole. That meant Mickelson and Johnson not only lost the hole to Day's birdie, they also were docked another hole for what amounted to a two-hole loss on that single hole.
 
 
"It's a strange situation," said Mark Russell, the vice president of rules and competition for the PGA Tour.
 
The ruling sparked a lot of confusion – almost everyone involved said they didn't even know such a rule existed – and it was compounded a little later when Presidents Cup officials admitted that they incorrectly told Mickelson that he couldn't finish the hole. Under the rules, they said, Mickelson should have been permitted to play the hole out – even if he halved or won it – and the one-hole penalty then should have been applied.
 
Because the correction came after the players had finished the hole, Mickelson wasn't allowed to go back and replay the hole.
 
"Decision 34-2/6 of the Rules of Golf, the Committee is not allowed to have Phil go back and play in an attempt to correct the error," Presidents Cup officials said in a statement. "This is because once any player in the match plays a subsequent stroke, allowing a correction could potentially undermine the strategy already employed by both in the match in completing the hole."
 
"It's just unfortunate that he was told he had to pick up the ball," Haas said. "Had he been able to play out and make a 4 and tie the hole, then it would only have been 1 down instead of 2 down. But that didn't happen, so nothing you can do about it."
 
Here is the complete statement:
 
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
Louis Oosthuizen
PGA Tour via YouTube
Best known for his sweet swing, Louis Oosthuizen showed off his putting prowess at the Presidents Cup on Friday.
Well, I was all ready to write up a post on Marc Leishman's impressive birdie putt in the Friday fourballs at the Presidents Cup – but just as I began singing the praises of his gorgous 38-footer, Louis Oosthuizen drained a putt from almost twice as far.
 
Oosthuizen and his fellow South African Branden Grace – who earned the International team's only point on Thursday – are locked in a tight battle with the American powerhouse duo of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Oosthuizen's tee shot on the par-3 eight hole cane up short, leaving him a good 72 feet away.
 
But instead of lagging his putt up close in hopes of a par, the 2010 British Open champion rapped his ball right off the flagstick and into the cup. That birdie won the hole, and knotted the match.
 
Here's Oosthuizen's big birdie, and below it is the Leishman putt from earlier: