February 26, 2018

United States race into the lead after first day of Presidents Cup

01 October 2017, 12:42 | Marlene Fleming

United States race into the lead after first day of Presidents Cup

United States race into the lead after first day of Presidents Cup

With an 8-2 lead over captain Nick Price's Internationals, the Americans are more than halfway to the 15.5 points they need to win the biennial match play competition for a 10th time.

United States 3½, worldwide 1½.

The task won't be easy, though, as Spieth has never lost a foursomes match in the Presidents Cup (4-0-0).

With an absolutely stacked lineup - including Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed teaming up and Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler hoping to continue their domination (the pairs are 3-0-1 combined this week) - the United States may be in position to do just that. Kisner took the par-4 11th with a birdie then nailed a clutch 20-footer on 15 to square the match late.

NOTES: Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman did not play on Day 1 for the American Team while Adam Hadwin of Canada and Anirban Lahiri of India sat out for the Internationals.

Fowler and Thomas have emerged as another pairings pillar alongside Spieth and Reed, filling out half of Furyk's team lineups for next year, and that scenario doesn't include the potential Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka showed in their 3-and-2 victory over Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas on Day 2.

World Number 1 Johnson caught fire on the back 9 and wrapped up the match for the USA on the 16th winning 3 & 2.

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Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, United States, def. Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, 3 and 2. 6 and 8 to go 2-up through 10. Two years ago in South Korea after tumbling into a similar Day 1 hole, the worldwide side rallied by winning four of the fourball matches.

With the United States team already having a big lead, only a massive turnaround by the Internationals in the eight matches yesterday will leave any suspense heading into today's 12 singles at Liberty National.

He also saw his team play its worst golf on the back nine at Liberty National. Barring something insane, expect the afternoon four-ball to send Chappell and Hoffman out first, with the morning pairings somewhere behind.

"We'll see how it goes", said Price, whose team just hasn't had the firepower to rebound against a US team that has combined for 17 US PGA Tour titles this season, including the three most recent major championships.

There are three things in this life that are certain: death, taxes, and the American team dominating the Presidents Cup.

There was a hope this week that the worldwide team could make this an interesting Presidents Cup. Matsuyama ran off three birdies on the front nine for a 2-up lead at the turn, and Hadwin's birdie at the 13th restored the lead to 2 up. It was the first time in 10 years the global did not win a match in a session. On Day 1, Thomas - a five-time victor on the PGA Tour this season and the FedExCup champion - admitted to being nervous, but by the time he and partner Rickie Fowler wrapped up their match he'd emerged as the team's emotional spark.

A series of errors left the match all square going into the 18th hole, where Mickelson missed a short putt, leaving both teams with half a point. And as he always does, Thomas put a little sauce on it with his hand in the air with the ball several feet from the hole and still sloping towards the cup.

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