Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson lived up to their power pairing on Thursday, whipping Australia’s Danny Lee and Marc Leishman 4 & 3 as a highlight of Team USA’s 4-1 advantage on Thursday at the Presidents Cup in South Korea.
Several US players has queried coach Jay Haas about pairing with the long-hitting Johnson, but it was Spieth who won the fair day goose.
The pair from the first hole on, with the Aussies only getting close when Leishman hit a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to get within one.
Spieth and Johnson won the next two holes to go three up and cruise to the win.
The South African duo of Brendan Grace and Louis Oosthuizen was the only successful team on the International side, defeating Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed 3 & 2, with Oosthuizen’s 20-foot birdie putt putting the pair ahead entering the back nine.
World No. 2 Jason Day fell short against another man who has spent plenty of time at No. 2 – Phil Mickelson. Mickelson and Zach Johnson edged Day and Steven Bowditch 2-up as the Americans avoided a tie despite Day’s 31-foot birdie on No. 17.
Bubba Watson and late addition J.B. Holmes defeated Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 3 & 2. Holmes had clutch birdies on holes 2-5.
In the final US point of the day, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker crushed Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee 5 & 4.