Another day like this and that's what the International team will be — history.
Mickelson and Kisner never led against
About the only thing that went wrong was the celebration. Mickelson, who on Thursday cropped himself out of a selfie with the last three U.S. presidents, missed a move in the "Three Amigos" dance with Kisner.
"I'm clearly the worst selfie taker. I'm the worst `Three Amigos' dancer. But I can putt," Mickelson said.
Mickelson, who has played in all 12 Presidents Cups, has 24 match victories to tie the record set by
And that's about all the International team could do.
Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Hadwin were 2 up with four holes to play against
Justin Thomas, already with a big year behind him as a major champion and the
They took the lead for good when Fowler made a 15-foot birdie putt on the third hole, and then Thomas produced the loudest cheer of the afternoon at a pivotal moment on the 14th hole. Oosthuizen hit his approach to within six feet, while both Americans missed the green. From the left bunker, Thomas blasted out perfectly and watched in drop in for a birdie that kept the International team from cutting the deficit to 1 down.
Thomas birdied the next hole, and his bunker shot on the 16th hit the pin and somehow stayed out.
The shortest match of the day belonged to a pair of American rookies,
Just like the opening session, the matches looked as though they could go either way until the back nine. At one point, the International team led in three matches, only for all of them to turn.
In the five matches, the Americans won 13 holes on the back nine, compared to just three for the International team.
The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their only loss coming in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. But it has at least been close after the opening two sessions, with neither side leading by more than two points since 1998.
With an 8-2 lead, the Americans have a mathematical chance to clinch on Saturday, which features four matches of foursomes in the morning and four matches of fourballs in the afternoon.
Hatton leads at British
Tyrrell Hatton shot a five-under 65 in miserable conditions in his second round to lead by three strokes at the British Masters, where the leaderboard at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne was dominated by English players.
Mozo has five-shot lead in New Zealand
Spain's Belen Mozo shot an eight-under 64, including a hole in one on the par-three 13th, to take a five-stroke lead after two rounds of the New Zealand Women's Open in Auckland. She had a 14-under total of 130 on the newly-established Windross Farm course.