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Doug Ferguson

Mickelson leads U.S. for 23rd-straight time

JERSEY CITY, N.J.—Phil Mickelson is the voice of experience in team competition, and there's no comparison.

He was on the putting green yesterday morning at the Presidents Cup, explaining to some of the six rookies on the U.S. team why the teams might change for the final day of practice, the schedule after the team photo, just about anything short of how to tie their shoes.

Thomas rallies for first major

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Justin Thomas emerged from the shadow of a longtime friend and won the PGA Championship to take his place among the young elite in golf.

With two big breaks to start the back nine, a chip-in for birdie to seize control, and a timely seven-iron that soared over the water to a peninsula green, Thomas closed with a three-under 68 yesterday for a two-shot victory.

Pieters grabs early lead

AKRON, Ohio—Rory McIlroy had his best friend on the bag and his best start on American soil in 18 months.

For Jordan Spieth, it was more of the same with two long putts and another comment filled with bravado directed at his caddie.

Both of them opened with a three-under 67 at the Bridgestone Invitational, leaving them two shots behind Thomas Pieters of Belgium.