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QUICK TAKE: Call Them ‘Two Amigos’

Phil Mickelson, left, and Kevin Kisner celebrate Mickelson's putt by doing the "Three Amigos Dance" on the 18th green during Day 2 of the Presidents Cup. (Photo credit Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY – In case you were wondering, that Three Amigos dance Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner did on the 18th green at Liberty National Golf Club Friday afternoon didn’t just happen.

It began Friday morning in the team room when Mickelson pulled up a clip from the Steve Martin/Chevy Chase/Martin Short comedy from years ago and called Kisner over to watch.


If the right moment were to come Friday afternoon, would Kisner do the dance with Mickelson?

“He said, ‘I’m in,’ ” Mickelson said.

“But I told him it had to be a big moment.”

That moment came when Mickelson’s match-winning birdie putt tumbled in on the 18th green with all the members of both teams gathered around the green, securing a 1-up win for the Americans over Jason Day and Marc Leishman, who never trailed – until the final green.

It was the 24th Presidents Cup match victory for Mickelson, tying Tiger Woods’ all-time record, and it capped an almost perfect afternoon for the Americans, who won the four-ball session, 4½ -½, and turned this Presidents Cup into another blowout – with two days remaining.

The U.S. leads, 8-2, and while 20 matches remain, the Americans need just 6½ points to win the Cup for the 10th time in 12 events.

If you missed the Mickelson-Kisner moment on 18, you should know a couple of things.

It went something like this: After Mickelson holed the winning putt, both guys crossed their chests with their arms, then they put their hands on their hips and then – this is where it got funky – a hip thrust.

And neither of them is destined for Dancing with the Stars.

Who channels Three Amigos at a moment like that?

They do.

Imagine the Americans being that loose in the Ryder Cup. Can’t do it.

That’s the difference in the Presidents Cup, which moves around every two years but always ends up with the same result. Though Mickelson said he played nervous Friday, the Americans looked as loose as Saturday night at the beach.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed escaped a 2-down hole with four to play, managing a halve against Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin in the closest thing to an American loss Friday.

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas did their thing. Team-play rookies Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell looked like they’ve been doing this for years and the Dustin Johnson-Brooks Koepka duo just sauntered Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas to death.

That left it to Lefty to end the day by holing a birdie putt on the 18th green with both sides watching. And who loves the stage more than Mickelson?

“I thought we biffed (the dance) when we were doing it but when I looked back and saw the replay, I think we kind of nailed it actually,” Mickelson said. “But I get that I can’t dance. I get that I can’t take selfies. But I can putt.”

Saturday morning foursomes pairings:

7:02 a.m.: Day-Leishman (Int.) vs. Reed-Spieth (U.S.)

7:13 a.m.: Scott-Hadwin (Int.) vs. Johnson-Kuchar (U.S.)

7:24 a.m.: Vegas-Grillo (Int.) vs. Mickelson-Kisner (U.S.)

7:35 a.m.: Oosthuizen-Grace (Int.) vs. Thomas-Fowler (U.S.)

 

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