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Mickelson wins spot on Presidents Cup team

Phil Mickelson kept his streak alive.

Mickelson was selected by U.S. captain Steve Stricker for the Presidents Cup, which will be Mickelson’s 23rd consecutive international team event (“Mickelson doesn’t deserve Presidents Cup pick,” Sept. 6, http://bit.ly/2xPbRqK). Charley Hoffman was the other U.S. pick, completing the 12-man team that will face the Internationals on Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

International captain Nick Price selected Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and India’s Anirban Lahiri as wild-card picks in a dual announcement Wednesday by the team leaders.

Mickelson is the only player to compete in all 11 biennial Presidents Cups, dating to the 1994 inaugural. (He also has competed in the past 11 Ryder Cups.) He finished 15th in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings. Mickelson was selected over No. 12 Brian Harman, No. 13 Jason Dufner and No. 14 Gary Woodland (standings: http://bit.ly/2wFOFuX).

Mickelson, 47, a World Golf Hall of Fame member with 42 career Tour victories, has not won a tournament since he claimed the 2013 British Open. 

Stricker cited solid play last week from Mickelson, who tied for sixth in the second FedEx Cup playoff event, the veteran’s first top-10 finish since June.

“He is so valuable in the team room and is a tremendous partner on the golf course,” Stricker said. “As someone who has been on 22 straight teams [Ryder and Presidents cups], he’s a deserving pick, and he showed that with his strong play in Boston at the Dell Technologies Championship last week.”

The Americans lead the series, 9-1-1, and are 1-3 betting favorites to extend their winning streak to seven consecutive matches.