USA dominates Day 1 foursomes to take a 4-1 lead

USA dominates Day 1 foursomes to take a 4-1 lead

The 14th Presidents Cup kicked off Thursday at Quail Hollow Club with five foursomes (alternate shoot) matches.

The US won the session, 4-1, to lead entering Day 2, which will feature five fourball (best ball) matches. Here’s how opening day unfolded in Charlotte, North Carolina:

Match 1: Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) def. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INT), 6;

Scott hit the opening shot of these matches and the internationals only had the honor of one more hole. Cantlay and Schauffele dominated this match from start to finish as they won the third hole with a par and then made four birdies over a five-hole stretch, starting on the par-4 fifth.

The American side built a three-in-10 lead with the veteran international duo offering little resistance on the inside half. Scott and Matsuyama bogeyed numbers 11-13 to give the US the first point of the competition. Schauffele and Cantlay went 5-0 as a team in foursomes in both the Ryder and Presidents Cups.

Complete Presidents Cup Match Score

Game 2: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) def. Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INT), 2 and 1

Spieth and Thomas combined for just two birdies, but were never far behind. It was a pair, in fact, that provided the most compelling moment of the match.

Leading 1 up at 15the hole, Spieth’s tee shot on the par 4 went left, skipping off a hazard and into deep rough. Thomas played a great approach shot that went across the surface of the green (with the hole in a frontal location) and then Spieth almost went off the green. Thomas continued to make the 27-foot par.

He was also good enough to win the hole and go 2 up. They closed it with two more pairs. Spieth is now 6-0 in the Presidents Cup foursomes.

Match 3: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) def. Tom Kim/KH Lee (INT), 2 and 1

Young and Morikawa made it 3-0 for the home team, despite being the only US team to trail for the first 4 1/2 hours of Thursday.

They bogeyed the second hole to fall 1 down and the match was never more than two holes apart. It was tied at 12 holes when Young and Morikawa birdied the par 4 13the to seize an advantage they would never relinquish.

Rookie Young sealed the game with a 26-foot birdie at 17the.

Match 4: Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis (INT) def. Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA), 2 onwards

This seemed to be similar to Game 1: two good friends from the USA defeating an outmatched international tandem. Scheffler and Burns were up 3 through seven holes, but Kim and Davis kept playing.

The visitors won all 15the hole thanks to a double bogey on the American side and then won the 16ththe hole with a birdie of its own. Another birdie on 17the gave Kim and Davis a 1-up lead with one to go.

Kim and Davis only needed a par conceded late to win their fourth hole in a row and give the international team its first point.

Match 5: Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) def. Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (INT), 1 up

This one was tight throughout, and its result was huge for both sides.

Tied at 15 holes, Pendrith needed to make a 25-foot birdie on the par 5 16the to tie the hole. He did. Homa so I needed to make a pair of 4 feet on the 17the to tie the hole. He did.

On the par 4 18the, Pereira hit his tee shot into the left rough while Homa found the fairway. After Pendrith put his second shot into a greenside bunker, Finau played his approach safely to the center of the green, 25 feet to the right of the hole.

Pereira jumped 12 feet. Homa missed his bid for the win but secured par for his team, leaving Pendrith with a chance to tie the hole and the match. He missed, giving the US a comfortable lead by entering four balls.

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