Presidents Cup: Thursday Foursomes match recaps & More Latest News

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      Quail Hollow Club course preview for Presidents Cup

    The 14th Presidents Cup commenced Thursday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, with Round 1 of competitors that includes 5 Foursomes matches (alternate shot).

    The United States gained 4 of these matches to take a 4-1 lead coming into Friday’s 5 Four-balls matches.

    Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay began the day with a 6-and-5 victory over the Internationals’ most skilled crew, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott. It was the most important win in a Presidents Cup Foursomes match in additional than a decade and moved Cantlay and Schauffele to 5-0-0 in foursomes in worldwide crew competitors.

    The International Team had alternatives to attract nearer – it was 1-down on the again 9 in 4 matches – however was unable to flip the script on Quail Hollow’s again 9. The Internationals’ lone victory got here from Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis, who beat PGA TOUR Player of the Year Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, 2 up.

    Here’s a recap of all 5 matches from the Presidents Cup’s opening day:

    THURSDAY: FOURSOMES

    MATCH 1

    Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (U.S.) def. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (Intl.), 6 and 5

    The International aspect put its most skilled weapons out first, however they have been no match for Cantlay/Schauffele, the day’s lone bogey-free crew. By the time this match reached the eighth tee, the U.S. owned a 4-up benefit.

    Scott struggled with the tempo of the greens early, and the Internationals handed away the par-4 third with a three-putt. Cantlay would get sizzling with the putter, rolling in birdie putts on Nos. 5 (9-feet) and 6 (13-foot roller). Schauffele had however 167 yards left into the par-5 seventh after a 360-yard bomb off the tee by Cantlay, organising one other simple birdie. The U.S. was 4-up.

    The Internationals birdied No. 8, however Scott missed from 8 ft for birdie at 10, a putt that will have lower the deficit to 2-down. From there, the U.S. rolled, with Scott and Matsuyama ending with three bogeys and the match ending on 13. They fell to 1-4-1 when teamed within the Presidents Cup. Cantlay/Schauffele are 5-0 in Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup Foursomes.

    • Highlights

      Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele sinks 12-foot birdie at Presidents Cup

    QUOTES: “With the wind selecting up and that storm getting near us, we felt just like the wind was in every single place. We advised ourselves to ballstrike the heck of out this place, and that’s what we did. – Xander Schauffele

    “We’ve played a lot of alternate-shot with each other, and I think we just feel very comfortable and confident. On a day like today, to make no bogeys, that was really good golf.” – Patrick Cantlay

    Score at match’s conclusion: U.S. Team 1, International Team 0

    MATCH 2

    Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (U.S.) def. Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (International), 2 and 1

    Spieth and Thomas proceed to construct momentum as a formidable pair in U.S. cup play, and adopted the lead of teammates Cantlay/Schauffele in constructing a giant early lead. Im and Conners, arguably the 2 greatest ballstrikers on the visiting aspect, have been 3-down by means of six holes, however quickly discovered their rhythm and made a superb match of it.

    Im, spectacular as a rookie three years in the past (3-1-1), and Conners, a rookie, gained the seventh (with eagle) and ninth holes (with birdie); solely an identical 10-foot birdie putt by Thomas on the quick eighth stored the Internationals from profitable three consecutive holes close to the top of the 9. Both groups made a large number of the eleventh gap (bogeys) and didn’t birdie the par-5 twelfth.

    Classic match play on the tough fifteenth (usually Quail’s 18th): The Internationals had 5 ft for par; the U.S. was watching bogey, scrambling laborious after a poor drive by Spieth. Thomas made his 27-foot putt for par. Conners pulled his par putt. The U.S. left the inexperienced 2-up, not tied, and earned victory with two pars, with Im lacking a 9-footer to win the sixteenth. The Internationals didn’t make a birdie on the second 9. Spieth is 6-0-0 in Presidents Cup Foursomes; Thomas is 3-0-2.

    • Highlights

      Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas sinks electrifying 26-foot par putt at Presidents Cup

    QUOTES: “You win when you pick up your partner. That switch that we had on 15 (Thomas making a long par putt) was unreal. We’re looking at going to even, and instead we leave that green 2-up. It was an unbelievable second shot and putt by Justin. It was the difference in the match.” – Jordan Spieth

    “We played a really, really good team, a team that hits a lot of fairways, a lot of quality shots. I hit some unbelievably questionable shots; I think that’s why we make such a great team. We can salvage when we don’t have our best stuff on a day like today.” – Justin Thomas

    Score at match’s conclusion: U.S. Team 2, International Team 0

    MATCH 3

    Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (U.S.) def. Tom Kim/Okay.H. Lee (Intl.), 2 and 1

    In his Presidents Cup debut, the long-hitting Young struggled some with the putter inside 10 ft, then made an enormous birdie putt from 26 ft to shut out the match on the seventeenth.

    This was an fascinating match throughout, with all however Morikawa heading out of their very first Presidents Cup competitors. There is nice curiosity in Kim, at age 20 the third-youngest competitor ever to compete on the Presidents Cup, and he confirmed some nice emotion when he made a clutch par putt at 15.

    Young was smashing the driving force, and Morikawa was exhibiting off his energy together with his irons. But Young missed just a few key putts that probably would have stretched the slim U.S. lead. The Internationals gained the eleventh with a par and birdied 12 (11-foot birdie putt from Lee) to tie the match. The U.S. nudged forward once more at 13 when Morikawa stuffed a terrific strategy to three ft. The U.S. protected that lead by making pars till Young drained the decisive putt at 17.

    Score at match’s conclusion: U.S. Team 3, International Team 0

    • Highlights

      Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa sinks 25-foot birdie to win Foursomes match at Presidents Cup

    QUOTES: “It was awesome. I had a really good partner that I leaned on. The fans have been awesome, really loud, and I’m having a great time.” – Cameron Young

    “It’s nice to have a good match today, and finish it off in style.” – Collin Morikawa

    Score at match’s conclusion: U.S. Team 3, International Team 0

    MATCH 4

    Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis (Intl.) def. Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (U.S.), 2-up 

    A yr in the past, Scheffler was the final man on the U.S. Ryder Cup aspect, a captain’s decide, and Burns was residence watching. My, how far we’ve come. These younger/outdated mates may very well be a stout pairing for years.

    But the celebrities on at the present time have been Kim, the previous PLAYERS champion from South Korea, and Davis, a 27-year-old Presidents Cup rookie from Australia, who labored laborious to get the Internationals on the board. Up in opposition to two of the most popular younger abilities in American golf, the Internationals scratched again from a 3-down deficit after seven holes and pulled out a shocking triumph.

    The Internationals went to the fifteenth tee 2-down, then gained the match’s remaining 4 holes. The U.S. tandem botched the tough fifteenth, making double, and from there the Internationals stepped by means of the opening. Kim made birdie from 11 ft at 16, and Davis hit a terrific strategy to simply exterior 3 ft on the par-4 seventeenth.

    That left the U.S. 1-down and needing to win 18 to salvage a tie. But Burns hit his tee shot left into some pine straw and Scheffler caught a limb attempting to drag off an aggressive second shot. They didn’t match the par the Internationals would make from simply off the entrance of the inexperienced after a terrific lag putt by Davis.

    • Highlights

      Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis throws dart to yield birdie at Presidents Cup

    QUOTES: “We had a brutal first nine, were kind of nervous. We don’t play much this format. Hard to figure out. We tried to keep positive, Cameron and me, and it was great, the end.” – Si Woo Kim

    “That was the first shot of the day (his approach at 17) that came off exactly as I wanted, and it was a great time for that to happen. We needed that one. We wanted to get ahead for the first time and keep playing positively, and aggressively, down 18. It was really cool. Felt awesome.” – Cam Davis

    Score at match’s conclusion: U.S. Team 3, International Team 1

    MATCH 5

    Tony Finau/Max Homa (U.S.) def. Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (Intl.),  1-up

    This match was the tightest of the day, with the groups knotted heading down the ultimate gap. An errant drive by Pereira would show expensive, with the U.S. sealing a full level with a two-putt par from 27 ft.

    The U.S. aspect caught a pleasant break on the rugged fifteenth, the lengthy par-4 end of what normally is the top of the Green Mile. Homa’s second shot from a proper fairway bunker was headed towards the creek working alongside the left aspect of the opening. His ball hit a rock and bounded backwards, and from there, Finau hit a deft chip and Homa stepped up and made the 9-footer to salvage par.

    Both groups birdied the par-5 sixteenth, and tied the seventeenth with pars. On they went to the 489-yard 18th, the place Pereira had the honors however hooked his drive left. (Homa cut up the golf green together with his tee ball, an enormous benefit.) Pendrith, considered one of two Canadians on the International squad, hit a towering iron from 215 yards that completed in the correct greenside bunker. Pereira left Pendrith 10 ft for par, however Pendrith’s putt stayed proper. Bogey.

    The U.S. was 2-up by means of seven, however the Internationals broke by means of at No. 8 when Pereira hit his tee shot to the perimeter on the quick par 4. The Internationals would path 1-down till Pereira hit his strategy to three ft on the quick thirteenth to tie the match. Homa, Pendrith and Pereira all have been competing of their first Presidents Cup match.

    • Highlights

      Tony Finau/Max Homa playing cards birdie putt at Presidents Cup

    QUOTES: “Whoever hit the fairway (on 18) was going to have the big advantage, and Homey (Homa) stepped up after Mito missed the fairway. He set us up for me to aim at the middle of the green, and to force them to make a putt to halve the match. Taylor hit a good putt and just missed. Happy with the full point.” – Tony Finau

    “Tony keeps me very, very calm. You can tell he’s competitive and wants to win, but he’s a soothing partner. He makes it easy.” – Max Homa

    “A great start (for the team). A lot of heart. … We have some strong pairings for the next format. We’re going to run the same offense, and try to win each session.” – U.S. Captain Davis Love III

    Score at match’s conclusion: U.S. Team 4, International Team 1

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