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Presidents Cup recaps: U.S. dominates Day 1 foursomes to take 4-1 lead

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The 14th Presidents Cup kicked off Thursday at Quail Hollow with five four-man matches (alternate hit).

The US won the session 4-1 and advanced to the second day, which will feature five four-ball (top ball) matches. Here’s how Opening Day went in Charlotte, North Carolina:

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Match 1: Patrick Cantley/Xander Schauffele (USA) vs. Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INT), 6 years old;

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Scott hit the first shot of those matches and the Internationals were only honored for one more hole. Cantley and Schauffele dominated the match from start to finish, winning the third par hole and then hitting four birdies over five holes starting on the fifth par-4.

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The American side built up a three-time lead after 10 holes, with the veteran international duo putting up little resistance in the inside half. Scott and Matsuyama bet on Scarecrow #11-13 to give the US the first point in the competition. Schauffele and Cantley went 5-0 as a team in fours in both the Ryder and Presidents Cups.

Full score of the Presidents Cup match

Match 2: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs. Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INT), 2 & 1

Spit and Thomas made only two birds together, but they never fell behind. In fact, it was the par value that provided the most exciting moment of the match.

Lead 1 on 15th tee shot with par. 4 went to the left, jumping out of the danger zone into a deep rough. Thomas made a great approach shot that went through the golf course (with a hole in the front) and Speet then almost pushed the green. Thomas then made a 27-foot par throw.

It was also good enough to win the hole and move up 2. They closed it with two more pairs. Spit is now 6-0 in the President’s Cup Fours.

Match 3: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) vs. Tom Kim / K. H. Lee (INT), 2 & 1

Young and Morikawa made it 3-0 for the home team despite being the only US team to fall behind in the first four and a half hours on Thursday.

They scared the second hole to fall 1, and the difference in the match was never more than two holes. He was tied through 12 holes when Young and Morikawa scored a par-4 to take advantage of which they will never relinquish.

Newcomer Young ended the match with a 26-foot birdie in the 17th

Match 4: Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis (INT) def. Scotty Sheffler/Sam Burns (USA), 2 up

This match was similar to Match 1: two good friends from the USA crushed a superior international tandem. Sheffler and Burns were in 3rd after seven holes, but Kim and Davis kept coming back.

Away won 15th hole thanks to a double scarecrow from the US side and then won 16th hole with your bird. Another bird at 17th gave Kim and Davis a one-man advantage.

Kim and Davis only needed a missed par in the last game to win their fourth hole in a row and give the international team the first point.

Match 5: Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) vs. Taylor Pendrit/Mito Pereira (INT), 1st

This fight was intense and the result was huge for both sides.

Tied through 15 holes, Pendrith had to do a 25-foot birdie on a par-5 to close the hole. He did. Next, Homa had to make a 4 foot for the par at to close the hole. He did.

On par-4 18th, Pereira teeed into the left rough, and Homa found the fairway. After Pendrit hit his second shot into the green bunker, Finau played a safe approach to the center of the green, 25 feet to the right of the hole.

Pereira splashed out 12 feet. Homa missed his win attempt but secured his team’s parity, leaving Pendrit a chance to equalize. He missed, giving the US a comfortable four-ball lead.


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