Mickelson is the only player on either team to have competed in all 10 editions of the Presidents Cup.
“I’m looking at Phil’s bag and I counted 10,” said Bradley, paired with Mickelson on Thursday. “I guess I just didn’t realize. I go, `Is this your 10th Presidents Cup?’ He kind of laughed and said yeah. That’s an unbelievable accomplishment. That’s 20 straight years and he’s also played on every Ryder Cup team. That just shows he’s been one of the most consistent players ever in this game.”
Snedeker said he thought the whole thing was pretty cool.
HAIR BAND: International players Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel were kidded by teammates and foes alike for the drastic haircuts they got earlier in the week.
When a barber showed up at the team room, half the team got haircuts. Not necessarily great haircuts but, as almost buzzcuts.
“Louis and myself, we were guinea pigs,” Schwartzel said. “He went first and basically lost all his hair. And then I figured I just needed a little touch-up on the sides, and I ended up losing all my hair. None of the other guys volunteered to go.”
Making light of their shorn locks, the two four-ball partners showed up at the first tee with long, flowing wigs that went halfway down their backs.
“My wife found them while she was out shopping,” Oosthuizen said, laughing. “I thought, `She we have a go at it?’ Everyone knew about the haircuts and we had some fun with it.”
TRADING SKIN: To the catalog of ways to celebrate a shot, you can now add the TigerMatt Slap. Or whatever they call it.
It was awkward and downright comical but they had plenty of opportunities to perfect it. In rolling over Angel Cabrera and de Jonge 5-and-4, they made eight birdies.