US Team Running Away with President’s Cup
The United States has opened an 8-2 lead on the International Team though two days at the Presidents Cup.
The Americans went 4-0-1 to rack up 4.5 points to just 0.5 for the International squad. The US was up 3.5-1.5 after the first day of competition.
On Thursday, two of the US wins were as close to blowouts as you get in international golf. Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler defeated Charl Schwartzel and Hideki Matsuyama 6&4 while Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed knocked off Emiliano Gillo and Si Woo Ki 5&4.
The Presidents Cup is similar to the Ryder Cup although with a shorter history. The International team is comprised of anyone not from the US or Europe, meaning a bulk of the players are from South Africa, Australia, Asia, or South America.
Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson defeated Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Scott 1 up while Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner split a point with Marc Leishman and Jason Day. The lone International win on Thursday came when Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen defeated Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka 3&1.
The competition was closer on Friday but the US still won four out of five points and halved the fifth. Mickelson, despite being a late add to the team helped Kisner defeat Leishman and Day 1 up.
Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell ahd the easiest time, defeating Anriban Lahiri and Charl Schwartzel 6&5.
Thomas and Fowler defeated Grace and Oosthuizen 3&2, and Koepka and Johnson did likewise to Vegas and Adam Scott.
The surprise result was Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama halving a point with Reed and Spieth.
While comebacks happen all the time in this format, the US now needs just 7.5 points to take the title while the International team needs 13.5 points.
Since is inception in 1994, the US has dominated the Presidents Cup, with a 9-1-1 record. The International team’s lone win came in 1998, with a 17-17 tie in 2003.