Well-oiled US keep Internationals in check on four-ball day

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The combination of Jordan Spieth (left) and Justin Thomas epitomised the US Team's domination over the International Team at the Presidents Cup. Photo: si.com

The US Team earned four points for the second consecutive round and lead the International Team 8-2 entering Round Three of the Presidents Cup.

Justin Thomas, playing with Jordan Spieth, became the only player in Presidents Cup history to win his first five Four-ball matches.

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Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele have now played six matches together at the Presidents Cup, which is tied for second-most in event history.

Playing with Billy Horschel in the final match of the day, Presidents Cup rookie Max Homa made an 11-foot birdie at No. 18 to win 1-up against Corey Conners/Taylor Pendrith.

 

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Round One (Thursday) – Foursomes – United States 4, International 1

Round Two (Friday) – Four-ball – United States 4, International 1

Match 6: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (U.S.) bt Adam Scott/Cam Davis (INT), 2 and 1

Thomas became the only player in Presidents Cup history to win his first five Four-ball matches.

Clinching putt: 19 feet, 10 inches for birdie (3) by Spieth on No. 17>

Adam Scott recorded the 10th Four-ball loss of his Presidents Cup career, breaking a tie with Tiger Woods (9) for most all-time.

46th match played by Adam Scott (second-most in Presidents Cup history; most: 55, Phil Mickelson).

Match 7: Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (U.S.) tie Sungjae Im/Sebastian Munoz (INT)

Im/Munoz won 13 and 17 to rally from 2-down to secure the first points of the day for the International Team.

Scheffler missed a birdie putt for the outright win from 9 feet on the 18th hole.

 

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Burns’ 79-foot, 10-inch putt at No. 7 was longer than any putt in his PGA TOUR career (prior longest was 75 feet, 10 inches on No. 16 during Rd. 2 at the 2022 PLAYERS Championship).

Scheffler was named 2022 PGA TOUR Player of the Year after winning four times (including the Masters Tournament) during the 2021-22 season, while Burns won three titles.

Match 8: Kevin Kisner/Cameron Young (U.S.) tie Mito Pereira/Christiaan Bezuidenhout (INT)

Match ended in a tie after neither team reached more than 1-up during the round.

Kisner, who owns a 22-7-1 record at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, has yet to lose a match in two appearances at the Presidents Cup with a 2-0-3 record.

Match 9: Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (U.S.) bt Hideki Matsuyama/Tom Kim (INT), 3 and 2

Cantlay/Schauffele 3-and-2 victory came one day after they defeated Adam Scott/Matsuyama, 6 and 5, in Foursomes.

After improving to 3-0-0 in Foursomes on Thursday, Cantlay/Schauffele notched the first Four-ball win of their Presidents Cup careers, moving to 1-2-0 each.

Cantlay/Schauffele have now played six times together in team format at the Presidents Cup, which is tied for second-most in event history (most: 7, Branden Grace/Louis Oosthuizen).

Cantlay/Schauffele were 4-up through seven holes in each match, Thursday and Friday.

Match 10: Billy Horschel/Max Homa (U.S.) bt Corey Conners/Taylor Pendrith (INT), 1-up

The only match on Friday in which all four players are Presidents Cup rookies.

Pendrith made a 13-foot, 5-inch putt for birdie at No. 18 and Homa holed an 11-foot putt to tie the hole and win the match.

Homa is one of five players with a 2-0-0 record this year (all U.S.) and the only one that has won a match with two different partners; Homa played Foursomes in Round One with Tony Finau (def. Pendrith/Mito Pereira, 1-up).

Homa successfully defended his title at last week’s Fortinet Championship.

 

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Note: All matches are worth one point, for a total of 30 points. There are no playoffs, with each side receiving a half point if a match is tied after 18 holes. In a change inspired by the events of the 2003 Presidents Cup, if the match is deadlocked at the end of Singles play, the competition will be deemed a tie and the teams will share the Presidents Cup.