The first shots of the Ryder Cup may be ringing off a target at a gun range near you.
After Phil Mickelson tweeted his long-range sniper shot, extolling the virtues of focus and measured breathing as he prepares to take on Le Golf National next week, one of Europe's top players picked up a weapon to return fire.
Henrik Stenson was added as a captain's pick earlier this month, and he'll make his fifth Ryder Cup appearance in France. But before heading across the Atlantic he had some fun on Twitter, grabbing a gun and tweeting a video back to Mickelson while taking aim at a target 50 yards away:
Ever the Twitter savant, Mickelson saw the message and came back with a reply of his own, noting that he couldn't hear Stenson's shot hit the target like Mickelson's did from much longer range in the original video:
I didn't hear yours hit the target. If you wait 5 seconds for the sound to reverberate back, you can hear mine NAIL the iron!— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) September 19, 2018
This is your reminder that the first (golf) shots of the Ryder Cup will be struck in just nine days.