No one doubts that America will have the Presidents Cup in their hands on Sunday afternoon, but every golf enthusiast is hoping for a good fight before the inevitable outcome. After the first session, the omens weren’t great: the USA was too strong for international teams in four, 4-1.
‘We keep fighting’ was captain Trevor Immelman’s logical response, but he also saw that it was actually against Beer Quay. His battered team – the top internationals who play LIV Golf and therefore don’t play – contribute the least of the foursome.
If Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns hadn’t had a meltdown on the second nine against Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis — they lost five holes and went 2-2 down — the opening session would have been a clean sweep.
Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama were taught golf by Patrick Candle and Sander Schaffel (6&5). Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas made no mistake (2&1) against the ever active pair of Sungjae Im and Corey Connors. The remaining two games went to the US, which will start today’s four-ball game with a 4-1 lead.
Only five of the thirty points are on offer at Coil Hollow, but the Internationals will need to find some momentum quickly to make it a real contest.
Today the program consists of five four balls, tomorrow there will be four fours and four four balls, and Sunday will conclude with twelve singles.
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