Phil Mickelson has won two Tour Championships in 20-plus years on the PGA Tour. "Not to diminish this tournament," Mickelson said after his second round Friday at East Lake, "but I'd rather win next week. A visit to Hazeltine National, site of next week's Ryder Cup, by members of the U.S. squad was an eye-opener for Mickelson.
“This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled. If we just go play our game … ignore the noise, work hard, do your job, everything else will take care of itself.” Never mind that Love’s comments are not supported by facts, McGinley thinks they hardly help the American cause as the hosts seek to avoid losing for the ninth time in the past 11 meetings. “It’s going to have a big galvanising affect on the European team,” Irishman McGinley said on Golf Channel.
ATLANTA – Just feet from where Justin Thomas was giving his post-round interview at East Lake, Dustin Johnson walked by with a curious glance. It was a moment Johnson could empathize with. Thomas was penalized a stroke when his ball moved while he prepared to putt on the 11th green on Friday. It was the same infraction (Rule 18-2) that cost Johnson a stroke – but not the title – at the U.S. Open in June. And Thomas’ reaction was similar to Johnson’s at Oakmont. “It's nothing against the rules officials. It's a God-awful rule,” said Thomas, who didn’t think he did anything to cause his ball to move. “It's on a severe slope, and it's down grain. When you get on greens like this or poa annua, these