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Presidents Cup recaps: Saturday foursomes split, U.S. still leads big

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For the first time in this 14th Presidents’ Cup, the US did not win a single session. Unfortunately for the International, they were only able to manage a Saturday morning quad split at Quail Hollow.

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As a result, the Americans will lead 10-4 on Saturday afternoon four-ball.

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In 10 of the previous 13 Presidents’ Cups, the top team has won the Cup after three sessions, and only once has a team won the Cup after three sessions behind. It happened in 2019 when the US was four points behind after Saturday morning before winning by two points, 16-14.

Here’s a quick recap of Saturday morning matches in Charlotte, NC:

Match 11: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INT), 4 & 3

The guests took the lead after Im extended his approach to 5 feet and Conners rolled into a birdie. But the American duo of Spit and Thomas won the next two holes, each at par, and three of the next five, up 2 for seven.

From there, Spit and Thomas played pure golf. A sloppy three-hit ghost shot by the national team extended the Americans’ lead to 3 after 13 holes, and the US buddies improved their cup record to 7-2 together, 3-0 this week after an eventful par-4 on the 15th hole. where I followed Spit’s tee into the water and the Americans won the hole and the ghost match, their first since the second hole.

Full score of the Presidents Cup match

Match 12: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INT), 3 and 2

After the Americans quickly took the lead after two holes and then moved up 2 after eight holes, the veteran Internationals fired up by winning three holes in a row to take the lead. The ninth hole was skipped after the Americans got into trouble and then Scott hit two birdie shots 10 to 15 feet away on the next two holes.

The Internationals also won the next two holes, making it five in a row, as the Americans doubled their 13th par-5 to play 12th (par-5) and 13th in 2 overs.

The rest of the steam was enough for Scott and Matsuyama to finish the match in 16th, 3rd and 2nd places.

Match 13: K.H. Lee/Tom Kim (INT) def. Scotty Sheffler/Sam Burns (USA), 2 & 1

It was a front nine back and forth as the Internationals took a 1 lead twice before Burns exhausted another long hit, this time on par-3 six from 35 feet, and the Americans won par-5 seven and went up 1. for the first time.

But Scheffler hit a tee on the 10th pair of 3, and the Internationals’ decisive birdie was missed by Kim’s 15-foot tee.

Through the hole, Lee drove down the green at 303 yards, a par-4 11th, and Kim followed, sinking a 36-footer for Eagle to win the hole and regain the lead, causing him to drop his club with a hard punch. and shout: “Let’s go!”

Twice the US brought it back to a tie on the next few holes, but Lee converted the 12-foot ball into a birdie on the 15th par-4 and gave a big punch to put his side up in the match for good. , which they won two holes later.

Match 14: Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) def. Si Woo Kim / Cam Davis (INT), 4 & 3

The Americans took the lead by two holes after three before the Internationals quickly fought back. Kim folded on the sixth pair of 3 to bring the match back to a draw.

But Finau and Homa took turns throwing great close shots from 8 feet at numbers 8 and 9, respectively, and took the lead by 2 more on the turn. Davis failed to par up a 12-foot ball on the 10th par 4 and the international bogey gave a third straight hole to an American par.

The Americans got their second point of the day after Kim’s shot found water on par 15, the course’s regular finishing hole, and the Americans won the par hole.


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