USA continue dominance at Presidents Cup

Lawrence Cooper
October 1, 2017

They hammered the global teams on the back nine to go unbeaten in fourballs and build an 8-2 lead, the largest margin after two sessions since the Presidents Cup began in 1994.

Nick Price is retaining hope the International Team can produce an unlikely comeback after another "tough day" at the Presidents Cup. Hadwin was playing his first Presidents Cup match alongside one of the world's best players in Hideki Matsuyama.

The lead USA 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. The match was tied at the turn before Spieth and Reed birdied the 12th and 13th holes to go 2 up.

Under the gaze of the Statue of Liberty, the United States have been domineering hosts, winning four of five four-ball matches and halving the other surging to a 8-2 lead to the delight of a giddy home crowd at Liberty National.

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

Top-ranked global team member Hideki Matsuyama acknowledged on Friday that he has not carried his weight in the first two days at the Presidents Cup as the United States side took a commanding 8-2 lead.

Spieth and Reed were 2 down with four holes to play and disappointed with a halve.

The final match up of the day featured Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman against the American team's Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner, in what turned out to be a closely-fought battle right to the final hole.

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"I'm pumped that we took that team down", Thomas said of Grace and Oosthuizen, who were undefeated in five team matches dating to the '15 Presidents Cup. 8 and 4 in the world, respectively - will be back out on the course again for Saturday morning's foursomes. To have him be part of our little group is going to be so much fun.

The U.S. have won nine of 11 Presidents Cups, including the last six from the global team, comprised of players from the rest of the world except Europe. He and Reed stole a half-point against Matsuyama and Hadwin in Friday's four-ball session, so the Americans are likely to keep their hot streak rolling into the weekend.

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

Hoffman and Chappell are Presidents Cup rookies and promptly earned a point.

Oosthuizen and Grace lost for the first time in six matches together at the Presidents Cup, and Oosthuizen lost for the first time since a Saturday foursomes match at Muirfield Village in 2013. Lahiri and Schwartzel won only one hole when both players stuffed tee shots on the par-3 10th to 3 feet.

This had the trappings of the closest match of the day, with each team winning two holes on the front nine and the match all square going to the back.

Oosthuizen will team with Day against Spieth and Reed in the first afternoon match.

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