Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hoffman, Mickelson Added to U.S. Team for Presidents Cup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hoffman, Mickelson Added to U.S. Team for Presidents Cup

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Phil Mickelson was selected as a captain's pick for the second straight Presidents Cup, extending a remarkable streak of playing on 23 consecutive U.S. teams.

Anirban Lahiri of India will play for the second time, and it might be just as meaningful.

U.S. captain Steve Stricker used his two picks Wednesday on Mickelson and Charley Hoffman, who finished a fraction of a point out of the top 10 automatic qualifiers in the final week. It will be the first team competition for the 40-year-old Hoffman.

Mickelson was in danger of missing his first Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup since 1993. He hasn't won a tournament since 2013, and he hasn't seriously contended this year while finishing 15th in the standings. Stricker had said he wanted the five-time major champion to show him something, and the 47-year-old Mickelson delivered at the TPC Boston with all four rounds in the 60s to tie for sixth.

"I've been talking to him quite frequently, and he said it was just a matter of time," Stricker said. "He waited all the way till the end, but had a great showing at the Dell Technologies Championship last week. I got reports from the other players that it was the Phil of old."

International captain Nick Price took Emiliano Grillo, who finished 11th in the standings. The surprise was his choice of Lahiri over Hideto Tanihara of Japan, who took Dustin Johnson to the 18th hole in the semifinals of the Dell Match Play in March but hasn't performed well since then.

Price, however, said he wanted experience on a team with four newcomers, and he wanted players to compete primarily on the PGA Tour. And with Lahiri, this Presidents Cup becomes more personal.

The International team was on the verge of winning for the first time since 1998 when Lahiri had a 4-foot birdie putt on the last hole. Chris Kirk made a 15-foot birdie putt, and Lahiri's putt to halve the catch caught the right lip and spun out. He dropped his putter and stared in disbelief with his hand covering his mouth.

Now, he gets another crack at it.

"That experience is really going to help me," Lahiri said. …

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