United States of America open up record Presidents Cup lead

United States of America open up record Presidents Cup lead

As the global stars remained largely irrelevant, the USA enjoyed a boost on what is normally moving day at the biennial match. A victory would give the Americans a record lead. Then we went four holes in a a row and we're all square, then up again, and a bit all over the place.

It's tough to see where the worldwide team pick their points up from.

After the round, Mickelson copped that "I can't dance and I can't take a selfie but I can putt". "But I can putt". Stricker's dozen may not live up to that billing just yet, but they are closing in on something truly special. They won handily in the other three matches.

A ruthless United States showed a shattered global team no mercy winning three of the four foursomes matches on Saturday to sit on the brink of a seventh straight Presidents Cup title. They would need to win 7.5 of the 8 points in that double session, which is highly unlikely, but the way they're rolling now, it's not impossible. Sunday's final day will consist of 12 singles matches, with every player from both teams on the course.

The U.S. starters were always expected to deliver for the home side - Jordan, Patrick, Dustin and Rickie, these are the players who have emerged as the new core for future American teams. The Internationals won three.

"We're only 10 points through 30", he said. "There's 20 points left", Price said.

"We're not laying down", Price vowed.

The U.S. have won nine of 11 Presidents Cups, including the last six from the worldwide team, comprised of players from the rest of the world except Europe. They have trailed only one hole in their two matches, and they became the first partnership to beat Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

Matsuyama said that Hadwin had carried him on the back nine, as the global duo surrendered a two-up lead over the final four holes. From the left bunker, Thomas blasted out perfectly and watched it drop in for a birdie that kept the global team from cutting the deficit to 1 down. Thomas short-sided himself in a bunker, but got out of the trouble by just holing out from the sand. Hoffman and Chappell - presumably well rested - wiped the floor with Anirban Lahiri and Charl Schwartzel.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, United States, def. Adam Scott and Jhonattan Vegas, International 1 up.




The Americans have a 9-1-1 lead in the series, their only loss coming in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. Still 2-up with just four to play, it looked as though the Americans would drop the opening match in heartbreaking fashion. "These guys are going to keep pushing us".

"(But) we both played pretty well, especially on the back nine".

He teamed seamlessly with Fowler in a 6 & 4 win over Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and South African Charl Schwartzel on Thursday.

Canada's Hadwin and Japan's Matsuyama were 2-UP heading into the final four holes, before Spieth and Reed responded.

For a time on Friday it looked like the Internationals could be turning things around, leading early in three matches. The Americans rallied quickly.

The Internationals failed to a win a full point, the first time that's happened since 1994, and the United States extended its lead to 8-2 for the largest advantage after two sessions. And the two had an awesome celebration ready for their debut in a match they dominated from the very first hole.

"It was huge." Johnson said of closing out the match with two birdies. To get a half out of it was probably disappointing, but also pleasing.

"They made a lot of putts on the back nine to halve holes", Thomas said.

The task won't be easy, though, as Spieth has never lost a foursomes match in the Presidents Cup (4-0-0). It remained tied going to the 18th.

Reed began the comeback with a spectacular birdie on the par-4 15th. 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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