Presidents Cup: USA in control against Internationals

Presidents Cup: USA in control against Internationals

The United States were marching toward a 10th Presidents Cup crown on Saturday, winning three of four morning foursomes and halving another against an worldwide team fighting for survival.

Although Leishman and Jason Day then rallied to lead Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 1-up through eight holes, it was the Americans who emerged with a 4 & 3 victory.

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, who impressed in their first Presidents Cup outing together Thursday (Friday in Manila), will face a tough challenge on Friday against global super-duo Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace.

Once again, the Australian pairing of Marc Leishman and Jason Day looked in complete control, leading 2 up at the turn against Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson.

However, the first point of the day for the Americans came courtesy of Cup rookies Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell, who responded to Stricker's call up by combining brilliantly to dispose of Anirban Lahiri and Charl Schwartzel 6&5.

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

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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.

Justin Thomas, already with a big year behind him as a major champion and the FedEx Cup champion, teamed with Rickie Fowler for another easy victory.

And, finally, fellow rookie Kevin Kisner teamed with Phil Mickelson to claw out the day's final point for Stricker, a flag that just an hour earlier seemed improbable and likely put the finishing touches on an overmatched and seemingly out-of-answers global team.

Two years ago in South Korea after tumbling into a similar Day 1 hole, the worldwide side rallied by winning four of the fourball matches.

The International team can be backed at 25/1 for a remarkable win and the tie at 15-15 is available at 20/1. "We've just got to keep plugging along". The South Africans will be out for revenge on Saturday morning, though by the time that match is wrapped up, any slender chances the global team have of getting back into this may be dashed.

On the 14th hole, Thomas chipped in from a greenside bunker for birdie to maintain his team's 2-up lead. 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.

Spieth then looked to have sunk a winning putt on the final hole, but it stayed up to stop the Americans making a clean sweep of the fourballs. Vegas birdied the next hole from 35 feet, and that's when Johnson took over.

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