Presidents Cup at a glance

Anirban Lahiri of India and the International Team plays a shot during practice rounds prior to the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City New Jersey

It was an impressive start for the hosts, whose team features the likes of FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas, world number one Dustin Johnson, Open champion Jordan Spieth and US Open victor Brooks Koepka. "These guys are going to come out fighting over the next two days".

The Internationals have again been troubled by the United States depth, with India's Anirban Lahiri having a nightmare in his match alongside Charl Schwartzel.

"(But) we both played pretty well, especially on the back nine". That said, I like the South American pairing of Grillo and Vegas, a ball-striker and big-bomber, respectively.

Adam Hadwin and partner Hideki Matsuyama gained a half point for the Internationals.

But if the play of Hoffman and Chappell was a pleasant surprise, Justin Thomas' performance has likely exceeded even his own lofty expectations.

Price will hope a big performance from Day and Leishman in the top match can spark something from those players following on later in the session and in the afternoon.

Needing to mount an early charge to battle back into contention, the worldwide team instead got the day off to a foreboding start when Leishman sent his opening tee shot into the water in the alternate shot event handing Spieth and Reed a 1-up lead.

Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, def. Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, United States, 3 and 1.

"I think we saw the strength of the United States team come out, but in all fairness to my guys, I don't think they played as well as they were capable of".

The final match ebbed and flowed, Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner going from three-up to one-down before missing a putt for the match on the 18th green in the only halved game on Thursday afternoon.




Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner celebrate after winning a hole during their Saturday foursomes match at Liberty National.

They hammered the worldwide 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. For the math-challenged, that means the event could be over before Sunday's singles session. I know the USA team knows that. "This reminds me a lot of the 2008 Ryder Cup team when we finally were able to win at Valhalla", Stricker said.

"A lot of close-knit guys there on that team".

Their match was all square on the 18th hole Friday.

There was no such rally on Friday.

Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama were the only global duo to halt America's dominance, halving with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

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. But someone clearly forgot to relay that message to Thomas, who repeatedly displayed that competitive fire on Friday.

Sadly though, the ship might have already sailed on the tide as the equation for an worldwide team victory is now an unlikely 13.5 points from a possible 20.

Even on this side of the Hudson River, the '27 Yankees are considered the greatest team ever assembled.

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