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Phil Mickelson, Charley Hoffman round out U.S. Presidents Cup squad

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The Presidents Cup captains picks are in (albeit with considerably less fanfare than last year’s Ryder Cup selections). U.S. Captain Steve Stricker made sure Phil Mickelson’s streak of appearing in every Presidents Cup since 1994 remained intact. Stricker selected Lefty, along with Charley Hoffman, to complete his 12-man squad. This will be Hoffman’s first appearance in the team competition.

“We all know what Phil brings to the table,” Stricker said. “He’s been on 20-plus teams. He’s an important part of all these teams. He, too, is starting to play better. He guarantees me he’s on the right track.”

International captain, Nick Price, selected Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) and Anirban Lahiri (India) for his two picks.

Mickelson’s tie for sixth at last week’s Dell Technologies Championship locked up his spot in captain Stricker’s mind, even though the left-hander finished 15th in the points standings.

“It really has been special the way the people [in the New York area] have treated me and my family,” Mickelson said. “They’re incredible sports fans. It’s a great place for the USA to play and complete. I don’t know what sparked it, but I’m certainly very appreciative.”

This will be Mickelson’s 12th Presidents Cup, where his record is 23-16-12. Stricker’s other selection, Charley Hoffman, finished 11th on the points list.

“I’m glad it’s finally over and I finally made an American team, and I can’t wait. It’s a very special moment. Phil and I have played a lot of golf in San Diego and he talks a lot about it. It’s sort of one of the things that drove me to get on this team was sort of the ribbing he gave me put on the golf course out in San Diego and knowing how special it would be to be a part of this Presidents Cup.”

The other players on the U.S. team: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar.

The other players on the International team: Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Si Woo Kim, Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Hadwin.

The United States has dominated the Presidents Cup. A tie in 2003 is the only non-U.S. win since 1998. The competition kicks off Thursday, September 29, at Liberty National Golf Club.

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  1. Shaggy Balls

    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I am so over the Phil fan club! The slobbering commentators couldn’t take their eyes off his last run for 8 th place until the hosel rocket sand wedge. They should pick # 11 and 12 and be done with it.

  2. acemandrake

    Sep 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Wake me up in time for the next major in April.

  3. 2putttom

    Sep 8, 2017 at 6:10 am

    well this will be fun

  4. Rwj

    Sep 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    We need to get the younger guys experience. Phil played bad all year.

  5. NC

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    The Nobody Cares cup

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WATCH: Tiger Woods on Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf

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Tiger Woods just appeared in a Bridgestone Golf Facebook Live video. While the audio isn’t the greatest (sounds like there’s some mowers rolling by), we’ve got to pass it along.

Check out the video below.

Woods initially discusses his wedges, before moving on to sharing some insights about how he hits his patented stinger–covering the ball, starting it farther right, and keeping his follow through short.

On his ball, the Bridgestone Tour B XS, which he presents as a softer ball well-suited to his swing, Woods says

“I need spin. I don’t spin the ball a lot. My swing has never produced a lot of spin. I’ve always been able to take spin off the golf ball–I grew up in an era where we played balata. What separated a lot of guys was the ability to take spin off the golf ball…to keep it below the tree line. There was a lot more movement in the golf ball.”

“My swing has naturally evolved. I’ve had different swings throughout the years, but each swing didn’t spin the ball a lot. So, when I get up to my long irons with a harder ball that most people would launch…I don’t. It falls out of the sky because it has so little spin.”

Woods mentioned that he hasn’t played Shinnecock since the course’s pre-U.S. Open makeover, but that he expects the course will be particularly difficult: an old-school U.S. Open with minimal graduated rough where it will be difficult to shoot under par.

Responding to comments, Woods sings Hazeltine’s praises and mentions he’d love to be able to wear shorts during PGA Tour events

“We play some of the hottest places on the planets and it would be nice to wear shorts…even with my little chicken legs,” Woods says.

Woods tells amateurs looking for more spin around the greens that they need a soft golf ball, mentioning that solid contact, maintaining loft, and allowing to club to do its job are key. Woods mentions that he has “a couple extra shots around the greens” thanks to the softness of his golf ball.”

We’ll next see the 14-time major champion in action at next week’s Memorial Tournament (which he discusses to wrap up the video).

 

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Absolutely savage new putter cover for Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm. Just killer.

Prettier than a new penny.

Spotted: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Everything here is excellent. Just excellent.

More like Garsen Murray. Am I right?

If you were Aaron Wise standing over the winning putt at last week’s Byron Nelson, this is what it’d have looked like (of course, you’d have had a ball and the putter would be soled on the green, but you get the point…)

Abraham Ancer’s new Artisan wedges are simply incredible… All of this: Artisan star stellar stuff.

Rickie Fowler has gone grape.

You can’t fool me. You’re not Adam Hadwin, you’re a golf bag.

Is Patrick Cantlay considering a switch to a Cameron Napa?

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

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