The International Team won three points and halved a fourth on a rules violation to climb within one point of tying the Presidents Cup on Friday in South Korea.
The US squad saw its lead drop from 4-1 to 5.5-4.5 in one day.
The International Team squad was buoyed by Korean native Sang Moon Bae, who like teammate Danny Lee, lived in Incheon until age 10. On Friday he was a national hero all over again when he nailed a 12-foot putt for birdie on the par-5, 18th hole to defeat Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker 1 up. It was the only lead the International pair had in the match, but it came at just the right time.
Adam Scott and Jason Day managed a tie with Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson when Mickelson was penalized a hole for putting a different type of ball in play on the seventh. The two sides entered the hole tied and the US wound up trailing by two headed to the eighth, rallying to the half.
Mickelson showed his typical swagger in the post-match press conference.
“I feel like we spotted the Internationals’ best team two holes and they still couldn’t beat us. Just saying.”
The US’ best team, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, was easily bested 4 & 3 by South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, who both improved to 2-0 on the week.
The third International team win came when Thongchai Jaidee and Charl Schwartzel defeated Bill Haas and Chris Kirk 2 & 1. The match featured three players who hadn’t played Thursday; only Jaidee saw time on the course in the first round.
The Americans were down three at the turn, rallied within one, then were put down for good by Schwartzel’s birdie on No. 17.
The lone American win came from J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson, who defeated Marc Leishman and Steven Bowditch 2 up on Holmes’ eagle putt from 32 feet on No. 18. He and Watson are undefeated and have yet to trail in a match so far.
Saturday’s foursomes will include the anticipated Spieth vs. Day matchup and are listed below, all times local to Incheon City.
7:05 a.m. – Fowler/Reed vs. Oosthuizen/Grace
7:16 a.m. – Watson/Holmes vs. Scott/Leishman
7:27 a.m. – Haas/Kuchar vs. Bae/Matsuyama
7:38 a.m. – Spieth/Johnson vs. Day/Schwartzel