USA completely dominating Presidents Cup

01 October, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Anirban Lahiri 'Zoned in' the Presidents Cup

The Internationals have a huge hole to climb out of if they're to win the 2017 Presidents Cup as the U.S. Team built a six point lead on Friday at Liberty National. With the United States entering Saturday with a 8-2 edge over the Internationals, Steve Stricker's squad could conceivably win the Cup without needing the singles slate on Sunday.

Throughout the years, the Presidents Cup has developed a reputation for a lack of passion.

The lead US duo of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth set the tone in the first of four alternate-shot matches on Saturday morning, pasting Jason Day and Marc Leishman by a 4-and-3 count.

In the fourth match of the day, rookies Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell - a captain's pick and the last automatic qualifier, respectively - put the first American flag on the scoreboard when they boat-raced Charl Schwartzel and Anirban Lahiri, 6 and 5.

In match behind them, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar took charge right away, grabbing a 4-up lead on Adam Hadwin and Adam Scott through nine.

World Number 1 Johnson caught fire on the back 9 and wrapped up the match for the US on the 16th winning 3 & 2. Then we got it on the 18th hole, where Phil rolled in a birdie that won the final point of the day to push it to 8-2.

The final match between the American duo of Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner and Australia's Marc Leishman and Jason Day went the distance.

Former US Presidents Barack Obama George W. Bush and Bill Clinton kicked off the Presidents Cup tournament in New Jersey on Thursday- the first time three former presidents have attended the biennial event
USA completely dominating Presidents Cup

Mickelson again came up trumps on the Presidents Cup stage, all square before a clutch birdie on the 18th from the veteran stole the match from the Aussie's 1up. The Internationals attempted to rally, cutting the lead to 2 up through 13, but Johnson and Kuchar won the next two holes to win, 4 and 3, and give the US a 10-2 lead.

The teams would immediately head back out for four fresh matches in the afternoon four-ball session, but make no mistake, the outcome here is no longer in doubt.

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.

SATURDAY: Four matches of foursomes in the morning, four matches of fourballs in the afternoon.

There are three things in this life that are certain: death, taxes, and the American team dominating the Presidents Cup. "We took it seriously today like we do every match, but it was a little bit more fun than yesterday's victory".

Justin Thomas, following his FedEx Cup victory, continues to ride a crest of a wave and showcased his supreme talent with a bunker hole-out during Friday's fourballs at the Presidents Cup. The Friday four-ball was nearly a full American wipeout, with the margin growing to a massive 8-2. 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. Lahiri and Schwartzel won only one hole when both players stuffed tee shots on the par-3 10th to 3 feet.

Spieth and even Oosthuizen argued the common sense nature of the situation: Oosthuizen's ball was not going in the hole, and Day's birdie already had been conceded. "It was one of those: 'Keep it in play and let's try and give ourselves close to up-and-down par or birdie putts, and the rest is just fight, fight till the end.' We knew it was crucial to get this one".


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