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Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson spark U.S. to three-point lead in Ryder Cup

Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson spark U.S. to three-point lead in Ryder Cup

It was golf, and it was played in Minnesota. But to Phil Mickelson, very much a man in full — and loving it — it was just like basketball, in the Bay Area.

He had holed a long birdie putt on this beautiful autumn Saturday afternoon when the United States zoomed into the Ryder Cup lead at Hazeltine National Golf Club, and Mickelson, after doing a shimmy — at age 46, no less — had a hoops analogy.

“You can’t orchestrate something like that,” Mickelson said of the reaction. “It just kind of comes out. You watch Steph Curry do it. I think we stepped it up another notch.”

Swish. Swoosh. Plunk, into the cup. The...

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