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Mickelson helps USA to big 8-2 lead

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Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré right stands aboard the USS Iwo Jima in New Orleans Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina

With 12 Presidents Cups having produced a single win for the Internationals, in 1998 in Melbourne, and a draw in 2003, change would seem long overdue. "It's more about who wins than anything else".

This really was over before it started. Today he really hit the golf ball well. "I don't know what the recipe is".

Kevin Chappell was already in the clubhouse with a half point and that meant that despite Berger not winning, the fact he couldn't lose was enough to ensure victory for the US.

That was the motivation from US captain Steve Stricker, and the players responded with some of their best golf. "He said, 'No, we'll play the next hole as it is.' So there was a lot of goodwill and good sportsmanship in there".

"We're getting along great in the team room and they are playing great golf".

The only consolation was keeping the Americans from a record rout.

The fact that the Internationals won 7.5 of the 12 Sunday singles points on offer was little consolation and the final 19-11 scoreline didn't do full justice to the U.S. dominance.

"It really came about as a result of what we did in New Orleans when we had a team event this year". "They've had all the momentum and we've had nothing".

Recap: This was the final match that ended Saturday, and the Americans could have clinched the Presidents Cup with a win. Stricker sent them out at the top of his lineup to give them a chance to finish the job.

Phil Mickelson, playing in his 23rd consecutive team competition, ended the tough, wind-swept afternoon at Liberty National by missing an 8-foot par putt, or the USA lead would have been even greater.

Spieth and Reed ended up rallying with three straight birdies on holes 15-17 to erase the International's 1-up lead and win the match, 3 & 2.

"It was huge." Johnson said of closing out the match with two birdies.

"I think for the International Team, we just need to get more invested in it", Adam Scott told Steve Sands in his post-round interview.

Mickelson is the only man to play in all 12 Presidents Cups, and Stricker admitted he thought about sending the 47-year-old out earlier - perhaps putting him in position to seal the deal.

He also gets credit as an architect behind a new American model of developing continuity and familiarity as they move from the Ryder Cup to the Presidents Cup each year. Now the Americans, with so many young players who are buddies, vacationing together and pulling for each other at tournaments, possess that magic intangible the Europeans always had.

Johnson and Kuchar remained unbeaten as a tandem, improving to 3-0-1, and they needed some of their best golf in such tough conditions. "We had a tough match today, I thought it was playing hard today".

Mickelson did his part by going 3-0-1 for the week. This is a powerful USA team playing to its potential, and the result is the biggest blowout since these matches began in 1994.

The score is 14.5 to 3.5 with 12 singles on Sunday.

Then came Sunday, after the Presidents Cup outcome essentially had been decided on Saturday. That didn't dampen his mood.

"It is a big lead the Americans have right now but we still have 10 matches tomorrow and we have 12 matches in the singles on Sunday", said a struggling Matsuyama, the Internationals highest ranked player at world number three who will be benched for Saturday's foursomes by Price.

"It's more confidence for us than I think anything that they would be anxious about". This was a snoozer.

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