The US team led the international team, 4-1, on Thursday’s opening day of the Presidents’ Cup at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club.
The first day of competition featured five alternate shot (foursome) matches, with the Americans winning the first three of the day thanks to a familiar pairing.
The internationals charged up late in game four, stunning world No. 1 Scotty Schaeffler and Sam Barnes, but Americans Tony Finau and Max Houma held on to score the final points of the day. .
U.S. captain Davis Love III said on the Golf Channel broadcast, “We’ve had some games where we’ve been on track and the guys have played great, and like this with Tony and Max. In some tough matches, they beat it,” he said.
Good friends Patrick Cantley and Xander Schauffele beat Australia’s Adam Scott and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama 6-5 in the opening match. Cantlay and Schauffele improved to his 5-0-0 as his four-man team in the Ryder and Presidents Cups.
“We’ve played a lot of alternate shots against each other and I think we’re really comfortable and confident.”
Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas teamed up to defeat South Korea’s Song Jae-im and Canada’s Corey Connors 2-1. cushion.
Cameron Young and Colin Morikawa defeated South Korea’s Tom Kim and KH Lee 2-1. Kim and Lee briefly took the lead when the Americans bogeyed a par 4 second, winning back-to-back holes at the 11th and 12th to tie the game.
The American scored the 13th with a birdie and held on until Young secured the point with a 26-foot birdie putt on the 17th. Each player in the third match made his cup debut for the Presidents.
The international team avoided a shutout in the fourth game with a late surge. South Korea’s Si Woo Kim and Australia’s Cam Davis came together to beat Scheffler and Burns 2. Schaeffler and Barnes led the match 3-7, then 2-14, but Kim and Davis turned the tide by winning the final four holes.
Kim’s 10-foot birdie on the par-5 16th hole tied the match, and a short birdie on the 17th gave the international duo the lead. Barnes’ whimsical drive in 18th was sure the Americans were unlikely to tie.
“Obviously they’re the best players in the world, the best players in the world,” Davis said of his opponents. Yeah, I’m very happy.I have a game that I’m going head-to-head and will take over and be on top..”
Finau and Homa led from 2 to 6 but didn’t win a hole until the 18th. Opponents Canada’s Taylor his Pendris and Chile’s Mito his Pereira tied the match with the 13th birdie. – Foot par putt over cup.
The US team entered a week of 11-1-1 in Presidents Cup history. International captain Trevor Immelman thanked him for joining the board on day one.
“It’s my penultimate match and I’m really proud of my penultimate match.” But we’ll stick with it and keep fighting, that’s our job.”
Friday’s format switches to Best of Five (Four Balls) matches. Matchups announced late Thursday (always ET):
— 11:35 AM — USA’s Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas vs. International’s Adam Scott (Australia) and Kam Davis (Australia)
— 11:50 AM — US’s Scotty Schaeffler and Sam Burns vs. International’s Sungjae Im (Korea) and Sebastian Muñoz (Colombia)
— 12:05 pm — USA’s Kevin Kisner and Cameron Young vs. International’s Mito Pereira (Chile) and Christian Bezuidenhout (South Africa)
— 12:20 pm — USA’s Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay vs International’s Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) and Tom Kim (Korea)
— 12:35 PM — US’s Billy Horschel and Max Houma vs. International’s Corey Connors (Canada) and Taylor Pendris (Canada)
–Field level media
Team USA leads 4-1 in the President’s Cup
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