CHARLOTTE, NC – The usual American suspects got the job done convincingly on Friday at the 2022 Presidents Cup, but the Internationals didn’t go down without a fight.
Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas continued their impressive partnership with a 2-1 victory over Aussies Adam Scott and Cam Davis to give the Americans the first point of the day at the Quail Hollow Club. And speaking of unbeatable duos, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele won once again on Friday, knocking out Hideki Matsuyama and Tom Kim, 3 and 2.
They weren’t wins, but the international pairings of Sungjae Im-Sebastian Muñoz and Mito Pereira-Christiaan Bezuidenhout scored a key point with a pair of draws in the second and third matches of the day, while Max Homa and Billy Horschel sealed the victory. deal on the 18th for the Americans to win the session, 4-1, and extend their overall lead to 8-2.
Here is a breakdown of each match on Day 2 in the 2022 Presidents Cup.
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Jordan Spieth-Justin Thomas (USA) def. Adam Scott-Cam Davis (International), 2 and 1
Spieth and Thomas love to play together, and it showed once again on Friday. Facing the international Australian duo of veteran Adam Scott and rookie Cam Davis, the Americans tied the first three holes before a back-and-forth birdie midway through the round. Thomas had a pair of birdie wins on Nos. 4 and 5, then Spieth did the same on Nos. 7 and 8. The Internationals won the ninth to cut the US lead over the next three holes to keep the match close.
Thomas, who struggled on the back nine, got back on track with a key birdie on the par-3 14th hole to take a 3-up lead with four to play. Davis hit a 378-yard drive on the par-5 16th to earn a birdie and briefly take the game 2-up before Spieth closed the door on the 17th to win, 2-1. — Woodard
Team USA golfer Jordan Spieth celebrates after putting on the 12th hole during the Presidents Cup golf tournament four-ball match at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Scottie Scheffler-Sam Burns (USA) draw Sungjae Im-Sebastian Muñoz (Intl.)
Scheffler and Burns were the only American team to lose Thursday (2 against Si Woo Kim and Davis) after blowing a 2-in-14 lead. It seemed that more of the same was destined for Friday. Like the first game of the day, this one remained tied for the first four holes before the Americans won by birdie on the par-4 fifth.
Both teams traded wins over the next three holes before Burns claimed Nos. 9 and 10 to take a 2-up lead, which the Americans held until 13 by matching international birdies at Nos. 11 and 12. The deficit was narrowed. to one thanks to Muñoz’s third birdie in a row on the 13th and kept it up thanks to three more consecutive birdies, this time courtesy of Im. And yes, if you keep score at home, that means six holes in a row were tied with birdie. How’s that for match play?
A pair of American bogeys on the 17th opened the door for the Internationals to tie the game with par heading to the 18th, where Scheffler had a game-winning birdie putt from 9 feet. Unfortunately for the Americans, the putt rolled 8 feet, 11¾ inches and stopped on the edge, leaving Scheffler touching par. That left Im with a three-foot shot to tie the game and earn a half point that the international team desperately needed (although it may be too little, too late). — Woodard
International team golfer Sebastian Munoz celebrates after putting on the fourth hole during the four-ball match of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
Mito Pereira-Christiaan Bezuidenhout (International) draw Kevin Kisner-Cam Young (United States)
Americans Kisner and Young faced tough opponents in Bezuidenhout and Pereira, and the match ended in a draw. It was a back-and-forth affair with the Internationals taking the lead initially with a Bezuidenhout birdie to win the third only for the American side to respond with a birdie of their own a hole later. Young gave the Americans their first lead of the day at No. 7 by filling in their second on the par-5 inside 6 feet and making an eagle. Bezuidenhout tied it again with a birdie in the ninth.
Chile’s Pereira warmed up over the back nine, posting three straight birdies starting at No. 10, giving his team a 1-up lead. The US squared the match with a par-14. The last four holes were tied, and Young had a 25-foot putt for the win.
“I think halfway through, it looked pretty good, and then it happened,” Young said. “I made a good putt.”
The putters were especially good on the back nine, where Kisner had just two birdies and Young one.
“I didn’t have my game, and I was putting a lot of pressure on Cameron there, trying to throw where he could fit in,” Kisner said. “We just didn’t putt all day to build momentum and keep it going. They made some to keep them alive. If we had placed better, I think we would have had a different result”. — Schupak
Team USA golfer Cameron Young swings out of the bunker on the fifth hole during the four-ball match of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Patrick Cantlay-Xander Schauffele (USA) def. Hideki Matsuyama-Tom Kim (International), 3 and
Tom Kim ripped his pants before the start of this four-ball match and then the American side of Cantlay and Schauffele ripped Kim and Matsuyama a new one – taking a 5-up lead in seven holes and slipping to a 3-up. y- 2 win.
“I think hot starts are really important for match play to get the momentum on your side and force the opponents to do something to recover. Unlike when he’s close, you’re not pushing as hard,” Cantlay said.
During a five-hole stretch that began at No. 3, Schauffele birdied four and Cantlay birdied and eagled No. 7, while Matsuyama only birdied one all day and Kim didn’t make his first birdie until No. 12. The 20-year-old Korean made defeat more palatable by winning Nos. 14 and 15, but this match never felt competitive.
“We played very well,” Cantlay said. “When you get to a lead like that, you tell yourself it’s inevitable. Keep making quality shots to close it out.”
It also marked the first victory in a four-ball match with Schauffele.
“It’s good to get the monkey off our backs,” Canltay said. “Hopefully we can get a lot more wins in this format.” — Schupak
Billy Horschel-Max Homa (USA) def. Corey Conners-Taylor Pendrith (International), 1 up
Horschel waited a long time to make his international team competition debut in the professional ranks. The wait was worth it.
The 35-year-old teamed up with Homa for a 1-1 victory over Conners and Pendrith in the final match of the day.
Homa jumped hugely ahead, making a 13-foot birdie putt on the 17th to give the US a 1-up lead. But Pendrith holed a 13-foot birdie putt on the 18th, forcing Homa to make one more birdie to secure a full point. He delivered, sinking an 11-foot putt and raising his fist.
The American side was never far behind, but the Canadian duo stood their ground. The US was leading 2-up through the 10th when Conners, who had made four bogeys before making his first birdie on the 13th, putted 33 feet to tie the game back. It stayed that way until the 17th, when Pendrith hit a 19-foot birdie and Homa came in clutch. — Schupak
Team USA’s Max Homa celebrates winning the 17th hole during Friday’s four-ball matches on day two of the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Country Club on September 23, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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