CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, U.S., def. Adam Scott and Cameron Davis, internationals, 2 and 1.
Thomas made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 fourth and Spieth rushed to snatch his ball from the cup, and the Americans were on their way. They went to 3 through eight holes with Spieth’s bunker shot from 2 feet. The game stayed that way until the par-3 14th when Thomas hit a 6-iron that rolled inches from the cut for a birdie. On the next hole, Thomas hit in the creek and Spieth was heading there when his ball crashed into the rocks and crossed the green. He chipped 15 feet through the cut and made the par putt to keep a 3 lead, and that was over two holes later.
Sungjae Im and Sebastian Munoz, International, halved with Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns, USA.
It was a tight game with big putts, especially Burns’ 80-foot eagle putt on the par-5 seventh hole. Munoz responded with a birdie, only for Burns to birdie 15 feet in the ninth and stuff a 178-yard shot into 3 feet for a birdie at No. 10 for a 2 lead. This game was so entertaining that the players of each team birdied on 10 consecutive holes, Im matching American birdies on 14 and 15. Munoz pared on 17 to tie the game. On the last hole, Scheffler’s 10-foot birdie for the win was hanging on the lip.
Mito Pereira and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, International, halved with Kevin Kisner and Cameron Young, USA.
It was the only match where the international team had a lead, but not by much. The team traded 1-up leads on the front nine. Pereira birdied 5ft on the No.10 for a 1 lead, and the Americans tied it at the par-3 14th when the international team bogeyed. It stayed that way the rest of the way. On the final hole, the best birdie chance came from Young, and he missed his 25-foot putt to the right of the hole.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, USA, def. Hideki Matsuyama and Tom Kim, internationals, 3 and 2.
Cantlay and Schauffele aren’t just 2-0 this week, they’ve only played 29 holes in two games. This one ended on the 16th hole, and it could have ended earlier. The Americans won four straight holes for a 5-8 hole lead, and they were guaranteed at least a half on the 13th hole. The international team won the next two holes with birdies, but a matching birdie on the 16th ended the match.
Billy Horschel and Max Homa, USA, def. Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith, International, 1 place.
The first Canadian duo in Presidents Cup history gave the American rookies everything they could handle. The Americans never trailed and led 2 in 10 holes, only Conners birdied the 11th and 13th to tie the game. Horschel made a key birdie on the par-5 16th with Pendrith close for a birdie. Homa took care of the rest. He birdied 12 feet on the 17th for a 1 lead, and after Pendrith birdied 15 feet for a birdie on the 18th, Homa tied it from 12 feet for the win.
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