Mickelson Kim show their derring-do


SAN FRANCISCO – The most thrilling pairing on Day 1 of the Presidents Cup could be the leadoff matchup of Americans Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim.

They’re capable of winning spectacularly, or losing spectacularly, because of their aggressive natures and their eagerness to top each other as shot makers. They were 1-1-1 as partners at the Ryder Cup last year and are scheduled to meet Mike Weir and Tim Clark at 3:10 p.m. (ET) today in foursomes.

“I think the reason I like playing with Anthony is that he and I look at playing golf similarly,” Mickelson said.

Mickelson said alternate shot demands a less aggressive style than fourball. So at the 17th hole in Wednesday’s practice round, Mickelson put away his driver at the 344-yard par 4, intending to lay up and give Kim a wedge from the short grass. Kim nixed that idea, ordering Mickelson to hit driver.

“There’s not a shot that he fears,” Mickelson said. “He likes getting closer to the hole, and he feels like he can hit any shot necessary around the green.”

What happened at the 17th?

“I hit driver, he knocked it up there ten feet and we made birdie,” Mickelson said.

Kim is 183rd on tour in driving accuracy, Mickelson 187th.

“I don't ever have to worry about if I hit it in a bad spot [that] he's uncomfortable, because he's been there before,” Kim said. “It's the same for me. If he hits it off the planet, I've been there before, and sometimes we are going to short side ourselves and leave ourselves difficult shots, but at the same time we'll get the ball in the hole and figure out a way to do it.”