"People want to see birdies," Mickelson said. "We don't want to be playing defense. We want to be playing offense. And when you do that, you're winning holes because of great shots, not because of other's mistakes. And I think that's exactly the way it should be in these team events."
Mickelson and Bradley, coming off their first loss in four matches as a team, fell behind early and needed a pair of big putts from Bradley to keep from falling further behind. It took a 15-foot eagle putt by Mickelson just to square the match on the par-5 fifth. But there was no stopping them from there. They followed with three straight birdies and won three straight holes on the back nine with pars.
Mickelson tried to hole out a pitch just short of the 13th green — an up-and-down was all he needed — and it hit the hole and spun 4 feet away. Bradley missed the par putt, bungled the 14th for another bogey and they halved the 15th with birdies.
Even so, they made six birdies and an eagle in 15 holes of alternate shot.
"I just think that when Phil and I get rolling in this alternate shot, we complement each other so well," Bradley said. "I think that we both really enjoy kind of showing off in front of each other."
De Jonge and Els opened with two quick birdies through three holes and never gave Mahan and Haas much of a chance. They didn't lose a single hole.
"Brendon played awesome," Els said. "He played great yesterday. Actually, he even played better today."
The Zimbabwean, in his first Presidents Cup, said Els contributed in his own way.
"Don't let Ernie give me all the credit," de Jonge said. "He's by far the most calming influence I've ever been on the golf course with. It's nice to play with a Hall of Famer who hits it in the middle of the fairway and middle of the green. He makes it very easy."
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